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Green Party pledges to tackle climate crisis with £100bn a year

The Green Party have kick-started their general election campaign with a call to invest £100bn annually to end the use of fossil fuels and help tackle the current climate crisis.

They have planned to accumulate the amount expressed by borrowing £91.2bn a year, with an extra £9bn from “tax changes”.

The party is attempting to restructure next month´s vote by labelling it the “climate election” and have announced their plans to “decarbonise every single sector” of the UK´s economy and become carbon neutral by 2030.

Cutting carbon emissions to net-zero is an aim already in place by the government. The move was announced by Theresa May before she left Downing Street; however, the deadline for the government´s proposal wasn´t until 2050.

Co-leaders Sian Berry and Jonathan Bartley have already spoken to activists in Bristol West, they launched their electoral campaign by addressing their key target audience ahead of the December 12 vote.

At Bristol´s campaign launch, Sian Berry said: “We welcome the future. Because we know that we stand at the threshold of what could be the most exciting and prosperous period of British history.”

Jonathan Bartley spoke to BBC Radio 4´s Today programme earlier in the week, and said to get a hold of the climate change “we need a transformation” and a Green New Deal to “transform the economy.”

To support the statement regarding the amount of money needed to transform the environment, Bartley said: “This is a question of when not if. We have to make this investment if we’re going to tackle the climate emergency and we have to make it now rather than in 10 years time.”

“It will save us a hell of a lot of money in the long run. The climate emergency, if it comes to fruition, does not bear thinking about in terms of the cost of trillions to the economy.”

The Green Party is behind another EU referendum and has created a pact with the Liberal Democrats and Plaid Cymru who all want the UK to remain in the European Union. The deal will see candidates stand aside for each other to increase the chances of a Remain-supporting MP being elected.

They have named themselves the “Unite to Remain” group, and had previously approached Labour about joining their pact but “they said no and they didn´t even enter into those conversations.”

Labour’s shadow chancellor, John McDonnell, said: “We will never enter pacts, coalitions, or deals like that – ever.”