Hi, some of you may be interested in a Mass Lobby for climate, nature and people, in London on 26th June. This is being organised by a coalition of NGOs and aims to bring MPs out from Parliament to groups gathered by town/ county around Westminster to answer questions about the action needed on climate and nature. Be great to show Simon Hoare his local constituents are serious. Some of you may remember a similar event we attended in 2015 that arguably helped secure commitments from Government relating to the Paris COP. See https://www.wwf.org.uk/thetimeisnow?pc=VDB008002
These questions came from a document being developed by XR in the south-west - offered here as one possible source of inspiration! The 3 Demands Bill includes XR’s three demands (list them). Will you sign the 3 Demands Bill? We need politicians and government departments to tell the British public the truth about the scale and magnitude of the climate emergency, about the changes we need to make to business and policy-making NOW. How will you and your party do this? We need a National Citizens’ Assembly to decide which solutions will best deal with the climate emergency. Will you and your party support a National Citizens’ Assembly? Will you commit to letting it direct your policies? We need a government that will work with a National Citizens Assembly to urgently deliver; a carbon net zero future by 2025 and a halt to biodiversity loss. This will require an upgraded, decentralised and devolved democracy to allow for creative solutions to problems at all levels of society and community. How will you and your party do this? We need a government that can bring politics and people together for near term national security issues we are increasingly already facing. How will you and your party do this? We need a government that will work with a National Citizens Assembly to urgently deliver; a carbon net zero future by 2025 and a halt to biodiversity loss. This will require an upgraded, decentralised and devolved democracy to allow for genius and creativity to thrive at all levels of society and community. How will you and your party do this? We need a government that will work in efficient and collaborative ways with our biggest industries, service sectors, bankers and financiers to develop and monitor a resilient, adaptative, ethical and safe-guarding economy. How will you and your party do this? We need a government that will play its part globally to tackle the climate and ecological emergency. This includes promoting radical, binding solutions and acting in solidarity with people in the Global South who are already feeling the worst effects of the crisis. How will you and your party do this? Do you support the construction of the new coal mine in Cumbria? This coalmine is expected to produce 2m to 3m tonnes of hard metallurgical coal a year for around 50 years. This means that the government will not meet its unambitious 2050 target and is a death sentence. Will each candidate explain, if elected, how they would work to address the climate crisis with the urgency it deserves? If elected, how will candidates advocate for the transition to renewable clean energy? We know dirty vehicles powered by petrol and diesel are responsible for a serious chunk of the UK’s emissions and lethal air pollution. How would candidates work to support the greener transport we need in order to combat the climate crisis and clean up our air? Will you make the climate crisis a deal-breaker in how you vote in Parliament? How do you plan to support doubling UK tree cover as part of efforts to transform the way we use our land to help stop climate breakdown? Will you back the Women’s Institute’s & Friends of the Earth’s "Plastic Pollution Bill", which would phase out non-essential single-use plastics and commit this and future governments to preventing any further plastic pollution from this country?