Net Zero Carbon Emissions: Uk’S Progress

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 3:07 pm on 28th February 2019.

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Photo of Kerry McCarthy Kerry McCarthy Labour, Bristol East 3:07 pm, 28th February 2019

The Chair of the Environmental Audit Committee is making an excellent speech, as would be expected. She mentions that very little progress has been made in agriculture. I know this is part of the planetary health inquiry to an extent, but nearly 10 years ago, on 25 March 2009, I had a debate—I think it was the first such debate in Parliament—on the impact of the livestock sector on the environment. I was laughed at and ridiculed by most people, but I still keep banging away at it. The public are now with us, and so many people are reducing their meat consumption for environmental reasons. Does she think it is time that politicians had the courage to grasp that nettle and make improvements?