Local MP teams up with the Queen to tackle climate change

October 26, 2006 12:17 PM

Mark is calling for real action to tackle climate change

Mark Hunter MP met with a green Queen outside the House of Commons recently to highlight the need for a climate change law to be included in the Queens speech at the opening of Parliament in November. Mark is one of the MPs who is backing The Big Ask, Friends of the Earths climate campaign which is calling for the introduction of a law that would commit the Government to cutting the UK's carbon dioxide emissions by at least three per cent year on year.

Friends of the Earth believes a climate change law would ensure the UK plays its part in keeping global temperatures below danger levels and that it does this in a manageable way. The cuts in carbon dioxide emissions which are needed can be achieved through a range a measures such as encouraging energy efficiency and promoting renewable energy supplies.

The Queen's Speech will be read out by the Queen when the new session of Parliament begins, but its content is decided by the Prime Minister and Cabinet. It sets out the Bills the Government will bring to Parliament in the following year. A Climate Change Bill needs to be included in the speech, to signify that the Government will make available time for Parliament to debate and pass such a Bill into law.

Mark said:

"I am delighted to add my support to The Big Ask, Friends of the Earths campaign for a climate change law and hope that we shall see a climate change bill introduced in the next session of Parliament. A law which commits the UK to steadily reducing its carbon emissions will ensure we make the cuts needed and that we that make these cut's in a manageable way."

Friends of the Earth Director, Tony Juniper said:

"Climate change is a big problem but the good news is that we know how to solve it. A climate law will give Government and business the framework they need to put the solutions to climate change into practice. With the support of Mark Hunter and other MPs who are backing The Big Ask campaign we are a step closer to getting this law introduced."

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