Responding to the announcement from the Prime Minister that the Government will introduce legislation to achieve net zero UK carbon emissions by 2050, Professor Dame Parveen Kumar, BMA board of science chair, said:
“The Government’s commitment to reducing UK carbon emissions to net zero by 2050 is very much welcome and exemplary of the type of ambitious action that is required if we are to truly protect the future health of the nation.
“The impact of pollutants and poor air quality are becoming increasingly apparent and as such, doctors have been growing concerned about the potentially devastating impact climate change will have on health.
“This commitment is an opportunity for the Government to show how they can provide global leadership in efforts to reach net zero and this legislation must now be underpinned by large-scale societal changes if we are to achieve this important goal.”
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