This week I met with over 30 constituents from across Manchester Gorton as part of the Climate Coalition’s annual the ‘Time Is Now’ lobby. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the lobby was virtual, and I met constituents via Zoom rather than in person.
The Time Is Now mass lobby presents an opportunity for supporters of the Climate Coalition to meet with their local MP to discuss issues relating to the environment and climate change. It was heartening to see so many of my constituents so engaged and passionate about tackling the climate emergency.
I took this opportunity to renew my commitment to the 2030 emissions reduction target set out under the last Labour leadership and in the last manifesto.
During the call we discussed a really wide range of issues including; a green recovery from Covid-19, investing in green transport and improving cycling and walking infrastructure, building and planning, Labour’s commitment to a Green New Deal, climate literacy, green jobs and the care crisis, as well as international trade and aviation. I was really impressed with the scope of topics raised as well as the depth of knowledge and the creative solutions that were brought to the discussion by my constituents.
There is clearly a lot of work to be done to reach our Paris Agreement targets, but I was encouraged to see so many Manchester Gorton residents already doing significant work to make our city and our planet a greener and healthier place to live. I look forward to working along side my constituents to take their ideas forward as we work to build back better from this crisis.