PM Makes Global Climate Change Commitments

The UK has confirmed it is doubling its commitment to the Green Climate Fund (GCF) to support international efforts to tackle climate change.

The Green Climate Fund (GCF) supports projects across the world to reduce carbon emissions, protect and preserve natural environments and help those who are affected adapt to climate change.

It is estimated that the projects that are supported by the GCF will help 300 million people cope with the effects of climate change and remove 1.5 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere.

International Development Secretary Alok Sharma said:

“The World Bank estimates 100 million people are at risk of being pushed into poverty by 2030 if action isn’t taken to tackle climate change.

“This is a global problem that requires a global solution. Britain cannot solve such problems alone. Doubling the UK’s contribution to the world’s largest fund dedicated to tackling climate change will enable more investment in prevention and preparedness, and lever further private sector finance so we can achieve our climate change goals.”

Business and Energy Secretary Andrea Leadsom said:

“I am delighted that the UK is leading the world in a fight against climate change. Having committed to achieving net zero emissions by 2050, we have a responsibility to help other countries do the same.

“The Green Climate Fund has supported millions of people in developing countries deal with the impacts of a changing climate. I’m really proud to announce that we are doubling our contribution and continue to work with other nations to tackle this global issue.”

Local MP, Caroline Dinenage, this year took her second #PlasticPledge, where she gave up single-use plastics for Lent. As part of her pledge she joined with Tearfund, a charity that works with the poorest communities to help people tackle plastic pollution problems. The Government pledged to match all donations to Tearfund up to £3 million, bringing the total amount raised to £8 884 768!

Caroline commented:

“While we see the plastic pollution that blights our local beaches, often we do not see the impact that plastic and climate change is having on the poorest communities across the world.

“I am delighted that the Government is a global leader that is not only helping people adapt, but also working to tackle climate change and reduce emissions at the roots internationally. Ensuring our planet is here to stay needs to remain an international effort in which the UK will play a central part.”