Ormskirk and District Friends of the Earth members have urged West Lancs MP Rosie Cooper to persuade Tony Blair to bring an “urgent” Climate Bill into law this year.
Local group members visited Ms Cooper to ask her to write to Mr Blair, and to Environment Minister David Miliband, requesting that the Government include the Bill – presented to Parliament jointly by ex-Labour minister Michael Meacher, former Conservative Environment Secretary John Gummer and Liberal Democrat environment spokesman Norman Baker – in the Queen’s Speech this November. It would then form a key part of the Government’s programme for the coming year.
Charlotte Chappell, Coordinator of Ormskirk and District Friends of the Earth, said: “We see an urgent need for new climate laws. This Climate Bill would commit the government to meet a target of 3% a reduction in carbon dioxide emissions, every year from now on. So it would very quickly lead to measures vastly increasing energy efficiency and the use of carbon-free fuels such as biodiesel, and solar, wind-and wave-powered electricity.
“It is vital that the UK government takes a bold stance in tackling climate change, for the sake of future generations. This means we need to start reducing our use of fossil fuels now – and not wait around until it is too late. There’s no doubt that all of us must play our part – as has been recognised by many other groups who support this Bill as an important step to secure our future.”
Members of the West Lancs branch of the Campaign to Protect Rural England joined local Friends of the Earth members in raising the issue with Ms Cooper – who earlier this year backed an Early Day Motion in support of the Climate Bill. She has recently been appointed to a position in the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, and environmentalists hope she will be in a good position to raise the matter with Mr Miliband.
Ormskirk and District Friends of the Earth meets on the second Thursday of each month at the Queen Inn, Aughton Street at 8pm. Anyone interested is welcome to contact Charlotte on 01695 422079 (evenings 7-9pm, if possible) or may e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org