LONDON (AFP) - Britain's opposition Labour Party is expected to force a vote this week to declare a national climate change emergency following 11 days of protests that gridlocked parts of central London.
"On Wednesday, the UK Parliament will have the chance to be the first in the world to declare an environment and climate emergency, which we hope will trigger a wave of action from parliaments and governments around the world," Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said late on Saturday (April 27).
He will demand that the country takes action to help avoid more than 1.5 deg C of warming, requiring global emissions to be cut by almost half of 2010 levels by 2030.
Mr Corbyn said that the recent protest was "a massive and necessary wake-up call" that demanded "rapid and dramatic action".
Greta Thunberg, the 16-year-old Swedish climate activist behind the new wave of protests, called it "a great first step".
"We can not solve an emergency without treating it like an emergency," she added.