MPs have passed a motion making the UK Parliament declare an “environment and climate emergency.”

A report from the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) says that the UK should lead the global fight against climate change by cutting greenhouse gases to nearly zero by 2050. The report recommends walking and cycling more as ways that the public can help achieve this. 

Stephen Edwards, Director of Policy and Communications comments:

“Walking and cycling more are ways that we can all help tackle climate change, as the Committee on Climate Change’s report acknowledges.

“However, many of our streets aren’t fit for purpose and don’t support people to make these choices. Immediate action can - and should - be taken to support people to walk and cycle more.

“Our latest research shows that nearly a third of Over 65s in the UK are prevented from even leaving their homes because of cracked pavements and cars using them as parking spaces.

“This National Walking Month, we’re calling on local authorities to increase the amount of their local transport infrastructure funding spend on walking and cycling from 12 per cent to at least 15 per cent, to help improve our pavements and encourage people to choose cleaner ways to travel.”