The Big Ask! A Climate Change Bill

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The Big Ask!
A Climate Change Bill
Why A Bill??
Bills become Acts = Law
•sets an annual target for cuts in carbon
dioxide emissions – three per cent
every year
•requires annual reports on progress to
Parliament
•holds Government to account if they
fall behind
Big Ask – Big Actions
• Bill introduced to
Parliament
• Launch it to the
media
• Start campaigning
• Raise awareness of
the Bill
• Lobby MPs
• Lobby local
authorities
Why Three per cent per
year??
6 billion tonnes of CO2
180
160
140
MtC
120
100
80
60
40
20
6 billion tonnes of
carbon dioxide emitted
0
1990
2000
2010
2020
Year
2030
2040
2050
If we don’t we will emit an
extra 4 billion tonnes
10 billion tonnes of CO2
180
160
140
MtC
120
100
80
60
40
20
10 billion tonnes of
carbon dioxide emitted
0
1990
2000
2010
2020
Year
2030
2040
2050
The Case
• Long-term targets have failed to deliver in
the past. Emissions have gone up every
year since 2002.
• Annual targets will ensure that every part
of government does its bit to cut CO2
• New science suggests we need 90% cuts
in CO2 by 2050 to avert 2 degree rise in
temperature and worst impacts!
Let’s get lobbying!
We were asking MPs
write to Tony Blair and
David Milliband asking
that our Climate Change
Bill be included in the
Queen’s Speech
By October 2006
• Almost 100,000 people support The Big
Ask.
• Many more lobby their MP
• Two thirds all MPs in parliament
support it (408)
• Government said there will be a Bill in
the Queen’s Speech.
Keeping up the
pressure!
Biggest ever national
climate change event
on 4th November
12pm National Climate
March
2pm I Count in Trafalgar
Square
Queens Speech November 15th
2006
• “My Government
will publish a Bill
on climate change
as part of its policy
to protect the
environment,
consistent with the
need to secure longterm energy
supplies”.
In Summary
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What’s the problem?
Who’s responsible?
Why are they not acting?
How create the conditions for change?
– Research & Making the Case
– Key Players; Friends & Targets
– Materials & Actions
– Resources & Review
Now the Hard Work Starts
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