A cross-party group of MPs, backed by campaign groups, has called for an immediate ban on all investment in fossil fuels and for all UK aid to be “nature positive”. The 28 MPs, led by Tory Zac Goldsmith and Labour’s Kerry McCarthy, with support from Amnesty International, WWF and other organisations, criticised the UK for “actively undermining” its own investment in tackling the climate emergency by continuing to fund fossil fuels through aid and export finance. Kumi Naidoo, the secretary general of Amnesty who has made the climate crisis a key focus of the group’s work, said leaders needed an “urgent wake-up call”. The MPs and charities urged the government to put the environment at the centre of aid targets to alleviate poverty worldwide.
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