Laura challenges Energy Minister Kwasi Kwarteng over his description of the 'climate emergency'
Millions of people are set to take to the streets all over the world today in what could be the largest climate protest in history.
Britons joining the climate strikes can expect a day of unseasonably warm weather on Friday as they call on businesses and politicians to cut emissions.
Children and young people are preparing to walk out of lessons and lectures, with hundreds of thousands of workers expected to join them.
The protests are part of a snowballing movement sparked by teenage activist Greta Thunberg's school strikes outside the Swedish parliament.
It comes ahead of a climate action summit in New York convened by UN secretary general Antonio Guterres to urge countries to up their climate efforts.
Much steeper measures are needed across the globe to prevent temperature rises of more than 1.5C (2.7F) or 2C (3.6F) to avoid the worst impacts of climate change.
Despite this, on today’s show, Business Minister Kwasi Kwarteng MP clashed with Laura over whether we are indeed facing a climate emergency.
"I think we're in a very serious situation and the government, as you know, is taking things extremely seriously indeed.
“We can have a semantic debate as to whether it's an emergency or a crisis. I would avoid emergency simply because I think we are making steps.”
However Laura interjected, saying: "It is an emergency and yes it's great that we've committed to say that we'll be carbon neutral by the year 2050 but there are no policies in place and there are only two countries in the world, Morocco and the Gambia, that actually set to meet their targets out of the whole world. We need to be doing better."
The UK Student Climate Network (UKSCN) says more than 200 events are taking place across the UK today, with - for the first time - adults being encouraged to join the youngsters as they strike.