COP27. British leader Rishi Sunak will now attend the climate summit in a landmark decision
“There is no long-term prosperity without action on climate change. There is no energy security without investing in renewable sources.” Sunak tweeted.
“That’s why I’ll be attending @COP27P next week to deliver on Glasgow’s legacy of building a safe and sustainable future,” the post concluded.
Last week, a Downing Street spokesman said Sunak would not attend the climate summit due to “other pressing commitments”, including preparing the government’s autumn budget.
The decision was heavily criticized by politicians and climate campaigners. Opposition Labor leader Keir Starmer said on Twitter that it was “not an event to be avoided”, posting on Wednesday that “criticism is not leadership” and that the Prime Minister’s U-turn was “political management”.
Former Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Sky News He will attend COP27 on Tuesday, adding to the pressure on Sunak.
Green Party MP and former co-leader of the party Caroline Lucas “Glad to see Sunak’s screeching turn at #COP27, but what an embarrassing misstep on the world stage. Let this be a lesson to him. climate leadership matters.”
Rachel Kennerley, an international climate campaigner for Friends of the Earth, a network of environmental organizations, said skipping the summit would be a “remarkable goal in itself”.
“It’s good that he got the sense and decided to take part,” he said in a press release, adding that the UK government had a lot to do to rebuild its climate reputation after the commitments it made at COP26 in Glasgow last year.
“Just showing up won’t be enough,” Kennerly said.
During his eight days in 10 Downing Street, Sunak reversed former Prime Minister Liz Truss’ decision to lift the ban. fracking. Last month, a debate over the controversial energy resource allegedly sparked a physical altercation between members of his Conservative Party, a day before he resigned.
Kennerley said the reversal was a good start for his leadership, but that he would also have to scrap plans for deep coal mining and North Sea oil and gas.
COP27 kicks off on November 6 in the Red Sea resort of Sharm El Sheikh.
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