“What do we want? Climate Change Justice! When do we want it? NOW!” – the message from students at St Mary’s to Gordon, who supported their climate change lobby outside Parliament.
Gordon joined them and thousands of other young people from across the country to listen to their concerns about the environment and call on the Government to meet the Net Zero targets by 2045.
He said: “It was great to have the students from St Mary’s down in Parliament to send a loud and clear message to the Government to act on climate change. Young campaigners like Greta Thurberg have inspired our younger generation and put a very important spotlight on this urgent crisis. If we don’t act now, the damage being done to our environment will be irreversible.
“The students told me they would challenge our local supermarkets about reducing the amount of plastic packaging they were using – especially for their fruit and veg products. 10% of plastics we use every year end up in the oceans – an equivalent of 700 billion plastic bottles. That’s why I signed Greenpeace’s pledge to tackle the amount of plastic getting into our riverways and seas.
“As part of my Cleaner Greener campaign, I also continue to support calls for ambitious environmental legislation and I’ve recently written to the Chancellor and Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs about the Government setting ambitious environmental targets. This must also include banning fracking, which I have consistently opposed and joined the protesters at Preston New Road on several occasions.
“In Blackpool we are already taking action with the council declaring a “Climate Emergency” – both committing to their activities being Net Zero and to achieve 100% clean energy by 2030. There is more we can do though – I’ve contacted Houndshill shopping centre about improving their electric car charge points which constituents have raised with me. I am also continuing to make the case for the Enterprise Zone being a renewable energies hub. In Blackpool we are in a prime location to benefit from tidal and wind energy.”
Gordon has also called on the Parliamentary Pension Fund to disclose and review their fund’s investments in carbon-intensive industries. He said: “They need to engage with fund members and mangers on responsible investment, and commit to phasing out fossil fuel investments over the next few years.”