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Tearfund reaction to Government commitment to zero carbon by 2050 announcement

12 Jun 2019

Dr Ruth Valerio, Global Advocacy and Influencing Director at Tearfund, said:

"The Government committing to a new 'net zero carbon target' in legislation is very good news for the UK, as well as for those already facing the catastrophic impacts of climate change around the world.

"Reaching net zero is vital to end the UK's contribution to climate change and also inspire other nations to do the same. We want to limit the devastating impact climate change is having on the world's poorest people.

"However, we firmly believe the UK can go even further and faster reaching net zero well before 2050. New technologies and reducing costs have shown this.

"Many people around the world are already living with the devastating impacts of our climate emergency and we need to take every action we can.

It's essential other major economies deliver on net zero commitments too. Promises were made back in 2015 under the Paris Agreement, to limit global warming to 1.5C. We have a collective responsibility to achieve net zero globally."

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