XR are launching action in major cities this week and one of their main demands is the Climate and Ecological Emergency Bill which was taken to Parliament by Caroline Lucas MP (Green Party) on September 2nd
Twelve MPs can be named on a private member’s bill when it’s introduced, and the CEE group managed to get cross-party support from six political parties.
The CEE Bill gives the Prime Minister a duty to ensure that the UK achieves specified objectives on climate change, ecosystems and biodiversity and outlines a framework for how this can be achieved, including establishing a Citizens’ Assembly.
According to the CEE Bill:
- The Prime Minister has a duty to ensure the UK reduces its greenhouse gas emissions to a level consistent with keeping global average temperature increase to 1.5°C, compared to pre-industrial levels.
- The Prime Minister has a duty to restore and regenerate soils, biodiverse habitats and ecosystems.
- The Prime Minister has a duty to reduce the UK’s impact on variety, abundance and health of both soil and biodiversity.
- The Secretary of State has a duty to publish a strategy to achieve the specified objectives on climate change, ecosystems and biodiversity within 12 months of passing the Act, taking on board the recommendations of a Citizen’s Assembly.
You can support this, even if you don’t want to get involved with XR direct action this time. And you can persuade friends and relations to support the bill too. So please ask your MP to support the CEE Bill and—if they are—whether they’ll also add their name to the Early Day Motion 832 (which is one way to demonstrate their backing).
Portsmouth Climate Alliance has written to Stephen Morgan, MP for Portsmouth South and this is his response
There’s an Early Day Motion you could ask your MP to sign too.
You can join the campaign here