BY KATIE - MYGREENPOD, 25 July '19

Greenpeace holds up Boris Johnson’s appointment as Prime Minister

Images: © Greenpeace

Greenpeace activists yesterday disrupted Boris Johnson’s appointment as Prime Minister, calling on him to take strong action on the climate emergency.

Greenpeace activists wearing sashes reading ‘Climate Emergency’ held hands to form a human chain across The Mall, stalling the incoming Prime Minister’s journey to meet the Queen.

The activists also unfurled a Climate Emergency banner on the ground in front of the new PM’s vehicle.

At the same time John Sauven, Greenpeace UK executive director, attempted to hand Boris Johnson Greenpeace’s 134-point Climate Emergency manifesto, which details the wide-ranging policies the new administration must implement to prevent catastrophic climate breakdown.

‘Climate change needs to be front and centre of this new administration from day one. The responsibility on a Prime Minister to act on the climate emergency has never been greater. If we want any chance of leaving a habitable world to our children we need to see action start immediately. We can’t blunder and bluster our way out of this emergency.

‘In reality the government is simply failing to tackle the climate crisis. It’s not enough to point to world-leading climate targets when too often government policy ignores or worsens the situation by supporting fracking and banning onshore wind. Boris Johnson must get to grips with the climate emergency or be remembered as the Prime Minister who jeopardised our children’s future.’

JOHN SAUVEN
Executive director of Greenpeace UK

Get to grips

Despite adopting a major target for ‘net zero’ emissions by 2050, the government’s own advisors highlighted earlier this month that the UK is off track to meet its targets.

Greenpeace is calling on Boris Johnson to ‘get to grips with the climate emergency’ by introducing a climate and nature emergency budget that focuses on a new 10-year programme of action to put us on the path to net zero emissions.

The charity is also calling for an end to support for damaging projects such as Heathrow’s third runway and fracking, plus the introduction of new gold standard environmental laws so we leave our natural world in a better state for our children.

Greenpeace has underlined the need for the UK to show international leadership on climate change, and guarantee a just transition so workers can switch from high carbon to low carbon jobs.

Climate Emergency Protest in London
Greenpeace activists wearing sashes reading ‘Climate Emergency’ held hands to form a human chain across The Mall, stalling the incoming Prime Minister’s journey to meet the Queen
John Sauven at the Climate Emergency protest
Greenpeace UK executive director, John Sauven, attempts to hand Boris Johnson Greenpeace’s 134-point Climate Emergency manifesto