If Labour is so committed on climate, it should recognise how the EU can help | Molly Scott Cato

I negotiated anti-carbon finance plans in the European parliament for the Green party. Labour backs airports and coal• Molly Scott Cato is Green MEP for South West England and Gibraltar

The shadow chancellor, John McDonnell, has pledged to use “every lever of government possible” to tackle climate change. And his latest idea is to go after the big players on the London Stock Exchange, warning that UK companies failing to act to reduce carbon emissions will be delisted.

As a green economist, radical steps to address the economic drivers of our various environmental crises have been my bread and butter for years. So I welcome Labour’s newfound commitment to get serious on climate change, though its target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions to zero by 2050 can hardly be seen as treating the problem as an emergency. Greens believe we must reach net zero carbon by 2030 and that such a target is achievable.

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