The UK makes major strives forward

The UK makes major strives forward

The UK makes major strives forward


Ben Brinis Mayssa



International relations Graduate Student

On May 8th 2019, the United Kingdom, the source of the industrial revolution, celebrated a whole week without the use of coal since 1882!


   This achievement came after the UK declared Climate Emergency earlier in the month on labour day. This monumental declaration came after long and vigorous campaigns and protests held by persistent environmental activists, namely the Extinction Revolution activist group which has managed to persuade a few cities, as well as Scotland and Wales, to declare climate emergency in the last few years before reaching the Parliament.  


   The climate emergency declaration promises to gradually reduce the use of coal for the creation of electricity until it can be eradicated the use of coal power by 2025. This has been the first step to achieve the target goal of net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.

     Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn stated: "We pledge to work as closely as possible with countries that are serious about ending the climate catastrophe and make clear to US President Donald Trump that he cannot ignore international agreements and action on the climate crisis."

     Along side the UK, a few other countries have put in the work in the field of clean energy and the reduction of fossil fuel. The most prominent of which is Denmark and Sweden. Denmark is the first producer of wind power in the OECD countries, making up 30% of their energy. They are making remarkable achievements in the field of clean energy resources with 2/3 of their renewable energy coming from Bioenergy. Sweden on the other had is on track to surpassing its renewable energy goal for 2030 within the next few years, thanks to it’s wind turbines.


    On the other side of the planet, Asia is becoming more and more involved in renewables and is quickly becoming the major source of clean energy in the world. After decades of intense industrialization that put China in the forefront of greenhouse gas emissions, china is now set to becoming the major renewable energy superpower. India is also making huge strides in the field of clean energy especially for a country with a huge augmenting demand for energy. It has recent invested more in solar power this past year than it did in coal for the first time in its history.



      All these efforts from different parts of the world are an effort to preserve the planet for future generations. The effect of greenhouse emissions on the world is becoming more and more unmanageable and the need for critical actions such as these is becoming mandatory.  Jeremy Corbyn hopefully stated that "This can set off a wave of action from parliaments and governments around the globe.” The UK declaration was quickly followed with an Irish declaration of climate emergency as well and we all hope that a domino effect has started and more countries join this movement in the near future.



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