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Friends of the Earth: vote Labour to save the planet

ECO-GROUP Friends of the Earth says Labour is the best choice for voters who care about stopping catastrophic climate change.

The group assessed all UK parties’ manifesto commitments on the climate and ecological crisis and Labour scored higher than both the Green Party and Liberal Democrats, with the conservatives languishing far behind. 

Climate justice is a central component of Labour’s 2019 manifesto with the party’s plan for a green industrial revolution placed first and framing the entire document from the beginning. It includes a commitment to “achieve the substantial majority of our emissions reductions by 2030” — 15 years ahead of the Liberal Democrats and 20 ahead of the Conservatives. 

The green industrial revolution involves plans to create a million green jobs, including by retrofitting every house in the country; massively expanding renewable energy generation; and expanding public transport.

Labour for a Green New Deal co-founder Aliya Yule said: “Red is the new green. Labour are certified as the party of climate action. Green voters and those concerned for the environment can now vote Labour in the confidence that they’ll do the most to tackle the climate and nature crisis.”

The ambition of Labour’s manifesto comes two months after Labour’s conference voted overwhelmingly to support a motion moved by the Fire Brigades Union and campaign group Labour for a Green New Deal. The motion was submitted by 128 local parties and included commitments to nationalise the Big Six energy companies and support developing countries’ climate transitions with finance and technology. 

The league table ranked all of the parties’ manifestos out of 45, covering climate targets, energy, transport, food and nature. Labour scored 33 while the Greens scored 31 and the Liberal Democrats 30. The Conservatives scored just 5.5 a week after Boris Johnson refused to participate in Channel 4’s Climate Debate with other party leaders. 

Labour for a Green New Deal spokeswoman Lauren Townsend said: “A vote for Boris Johnson is a vote for climate chaos. This election is the last chance to stop climate catastrophe. Friends of the Earth’s league table confirms the stark choice between a Tory government with nothing but disdain for our planet and all life that depends on it, and a Labour Party committed to real change.”

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