Manchester Climate Fortnightly will NOT normally endorse campaigns, or post stuff on the blog asking you to do things. But Friends of the Earth have worked so hard on this campaign, and it is so important that the Climate Bill includes international aviation and shipping, that we beg you to do what the FOE email below asks you to do.
As someone who has signed up to and been closely involved in these final stages of the Big Ask campaign for the Climate Change Bill we wanted to tell you of our recent success, and ask you to take a quick action.
The Report Stage votes on the Bill – i.e. THE big votes we’ve been waiting for all summer – will happen on *Tuesday 28 October*. That’s /this /coming Tuesday! At these votes, MPs will vote on a list of amendments to the Bill.
The Government will be suggesting an amendment that will be to raise the 2050 emissions reduction target from 60% to 80%. This follows the advice of the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) two weeks ago. But it is also, to a huge extent, a result of the pressure you have put on
MPs over the last few months. Well done! We are sure that this amendment, with Government support, will pass. So we have won on our 80% ask!
The Government still opposes one crucial improvement we are tabling, calling for international aviation and shipping emissions to be included in the Bill. This is despite the advice from the CCC that these emissions should be included.
Thanks to your efforts we know that all the opposition parties as well as significant numbers of backbench Labour MPs support the inclusion of international aviation and shipping emissions in the Bill. But the Government will try its best to stop MPs from voting for this amendment. So…
A few more minutes of your time will make a real difference to the way MPs vote. Please call your MP and ask them to:
“Please vote for the amendments that include international aviation and shipping emissions in the Climate Change Bill.”
You can contact your MP by calling the House of Commons switchboard on 020 7219 3000 and asking to be put through to your MP’s Westminster office.
Please do try to find the time to make this call if you can – you will be making a /huge/ difference.
Thanks and congratulations on your efforts to win this amazing Bill. We’re nearly there.