UK celebrities call on PM for urgent climate emergency action


A group of UK celebrities including big names like Ellie Goulding, Charles Dance and James Norton amongst others, have joined in a call for UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson to make the global climate emergency a “top priority”.

In a letter to the Prime Minister, the celebrities urge Mr Johnson to commit to stronger policies and to boost investment to help the country achieve its 2050 commitment to a net-zero transition.

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The celebrities also included actor Iwan Rheon, musician Jack Savoretti, and wildlife presenter Steve Backshall.

They called on the Prime Minister to commit to a ten-year economic programme that makes home decarbonisation a top priority.

They are calling for financial support to help UK consumers make homes highly energy-efficient by 2030 by installing zero-carbon heating systems. They further request that the sale of fossil-fuel powered cars be banned by 2030, rather than the current goal of 2040, and ramp up the rollout of charging facilities.

Wind and solar energy generation must be tripled by 2030, and the country committed to a rewilding programme.

Letter to Boris Johnson Image credit: The Climate Coalition/PA

The letter was organised by The Climate Coalition of green NGOs as part of its The Time is Now campaign, and states: “There is no greater risk to life on earth than climate change. Taking ambitious action to end our contribution to climate change is essential to protect all species and the ecosystems that we all depend upon for arrival.”

“The UK, which led the Industrial Revolution, must now lead the clean energy revolution.

“The Time is Now to make that commitment to the UK and the world.”

A BEIS spokesperson said: “We are leading the world in tackling climate change, going further and faster by becoming the first major economy to pass new laws for net zero emissions by 2050.

“Already we have cut emissions faster than any G7 country and we will continue to embrace the opportunity of clean growth for the UK – including through our important bid to host crucial international climate talks next year.”