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3. What consequences can the declaration of Climate Emergency have?

To start, the news was headline in the main media of the world, making many people turn their heads towards the environmental issue. It was necessary to break the apathy of the majority. We know that the pages dedicated to environmental issues, since the declaration of Climate Emergency, have seen the visits of users grow significantly. Another expected consequence is that more nations emulate England and declare emergency in their countries. It could trigger a domino effect on other parliaments and strengthen the Paris Agreement in the fight against climate change. This would have a great impact and political importance.

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1. When, where and why was the Climate Emergency declared?

On May 1, 2019, the British Parliament declared the state of Climate Emergency. Some claim that this only just represents a mere symbolic act. But we must not forget that the symbols often have been the engines of History. That it was England, the initiator of the Industrial Revolution, which has become the first nation on the planet to declare a Climate Emergency, is already a symbol that says a lot. Immediately Ireland became the second country to declare also the Climate Emergency.

The motion was submitted to Parliament by Labor leader Jeremy Corbyn, in favor of an “urgent action to safeguard the health of the planet for the next generations”. The Labor Party made this decision, prompted by the appearance of Greta Thunberg in British Parliament a week ago. The teenager, climate activist leader, appeared before the deputies as follows: “I am 16 years old; I am Swedish, and I have come to speak to you on behalf of future generations”. Her blunt speech, her language of irreverent girl caused different types of reactions in parliamentarians, but what matters is that she achieved her goal.

This was also influenced by the work being done by youth groups in the Extinction Rebellion movement whose most recent actions were the demonstrations that paralyzed central London for ten days. With their fight to stop the increasingly accelerated climate change, they helped make the decision staged in London, raising the climate issue to the first places of British politics.

During the debate in the House of Commons, Prime Minister Theresa May acknowledged the seriousness of the environmental problem but objected to the notion of “climate emergency”. The Environment Minister, Michael Gove, acknowledged the “emergency”, but did not give his support to the Labor motion, which, despite this, was approved with majority support.

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