The United Kingdom has become the first nation to make a national declaration of an Environment and Climate Emergency.
In the wake of increased global protests, the UK parliament has passed the motion that recognises the urgency of dealing with the burgeoning climate crisis.
“This can set off a wave of action from parliaments and governments around the globe,” Leader of the Labour Opposition, Jeremy Corbyn, said,
Michael Gove, environment secretary under conservative Prime Minister Theresa May, acknowledged the danger of climate change. “Not only do I welcome the opportunity that this debate provides, I also want to make it clear that on this side of the house, we recognize that the situation we face is an emergency,” Gove said.
“It is a crisis, it is a threat, that all of us have to unite to meet.”
Gove and Corbyn both vowed to confront Donald Trump on his environmental stance when the U.S. president visits the U.K. in June.
Many municipalities and regions of the U.K. have also declared climate emergencies, including Scotland, Wales, Manchester and London, noting that the clock is winding down for Earth’s inhabitability by humans.
As one sign hoisted by a Scottish school child during last month’s protests said, “Dinosaurs thought they had time, too.”