Political moment of the week? Labour saying yes to the Green New Deal | Ellie Mae O’Hagan

Political moment of the week? Labour saying yes to the Green New Deal | Ellie Mae O’Hagan

Never mind the supreme court ruling, Labour just took the first steps towards creating a cleaner, greener, better world

The most significant political moment of the last decade happened on Tuesday afternoon, not in the supreme court, but on a packed floor of the Brighton Centre during Labour party conference. Delegates overwhelmingly voted in favour of two motions backing a Green New Deal, a programme that will decarbonise the UK through a “radical policy package to increase social and economic justice”. One of the motions included a target for the UK to achieve net-zero emissions by 2030, and one did not – instead, calling for the UK to act as a world leader on climate change, and to establish a National Climate Service.

The 2030 net-zero emissions target now has a very real chance of being included in the Labour party manifesto. Jim Pickard, chief political correspondent for the Financial Times, said the target was “one of the most radical policies by a mainstream political party in my lifetime”.

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