Lynne Featherstone MP met with a Queen look-a-like outside the House of Commons this week to highlight the need for a climate change law to be included in the Queen’s speech at the opening of Parliament in November.
Lynne Featherstone is one of 397 MPs who are backing The Big Ask, Friends of the Earth’s 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 of 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.
Lynne Featherstone said:
“I’m 100% behind Friends of the Earth’s Big Ask. If you don’t ask, you don’t get and if we don’t get – there won’t be a world to worry about!”
Friends of the Earth Director, Tony Juniper said:
“Climate change is one of the biggest threats we face however we do have the means to tackle 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 Lynne and the 396 other MPs who are backing The Big Ask campaign we are a step closer to getting this law introduced.”