CLIMATE change activists in Leamington were able to keep a firm grip on their campaign for government action – despite protest from the wind.
A bright pink banner appeared in Leamington recently urging local MPs to back the Climate and Ecological Emergency Bill.
Held down against the wind by an assortment of pots and pans, the spectacle helped brew a ‘Twitterstorm’ on March 26 – the date the bill was due its second reading in the House of Commons. The event was cancelled, due to the pandemic impacting Parliamentary process.
In 2019, the government committed to a legally binding target of net zero emissions by 2050. The delay has ramped up campaigns to ensure climate change is tackled at government level when Parliament can reconvene.
The CEE Bill is a Private Member’s Bill, drafted by scientists, legal experts, ecological economists and environmentalists and supported by over 100 MPs. It calls on government to take account of the UK’s entire carbon footprint, to protect nature in the UK and to prevent ecological damage along supply chains. It also establishes a citizens’ assembly to ensure the changes are achieved in a fair and just way.