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I Count puts climate chaos on the map
and takes on Climate Change Bill


I Count Communities: 350 groups and counting

I Count, the largest UK campaign on climate change permeates grass roots with the launch today of I Count Communities Map - an online networking tool for local organisations and groups in the UK to work together on climate change issues. The map goes live with 350 groups from 209 organisations with this figure set to increase as the word spreads.  

The map coincides with the UK Government’s draft Climate Change Bill which will be debated in Parliament this autumn. If passed, the Bill would make the UK the first country in the world to commit itself to legally binding reductions in carbon dioxide emissions. During the crucial next six months, local groups are encouraged to connect and work together in an unprecedented way and collectively lobby their MPs on why and how the Government needs to ensure the UK delivers a bold Bill which commits the UK to at least an 80% reduction in carbon dioxide emissions by 2050.

“The Climate Change Bill is a great opportunity for the UK to make world history by producing an effective legal framework to lower carbon emissions - but only if we get it right.  Currently, it will not keep us below the widely accepted 20C global warming danger threshold as it includes a CO2 reduction target which will put us on course for a 40C rise with devastating consequences” said Ashok Sinha, Director of the I Count campaign. “The I Count Communities Map enables local groups to work together to convince their MPs why and how the Government needs to make the Bill work and this means raising the carbon dioxide reduction target from 60% to 80%.”

Groups all over the country will be joining up to lobby their MPs to produce a collective push at a local level and ask them to support the following changes to the Climate Change Bill:
• Increase the carbon dioxide reduction target, from 60, to at least 80 per cent by 2050.
• Ensure that emissions from international aviation and shipping are included in the reduction targets.
• Set binding carbon budgets with annual milestones, to make sure that emissions reductions do not go off track.

I Count communities is an initiative of the I Count campaign which was launched by Stop Climate Chaos. The campaign involves over 60 member organisations - ranging from the big national NGOs such as FoE, Christian Aid, Oxfam and the Women’s Institute to smaller local groups e.g. Come Off It, and Glasgow Eco-Renovation Network. 
 
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Notes to Editors:

1. I Count is the campaign of the Stop Climate Chaos coalition - showing the public and politicians that all our actions to reduce carbon emissions count.  We are the largest campaign on climate change and together we are millions of people and counting. www.icount.org.uk.

Sarah Jenkinson Communications Manager - I Count campaign
Email: [email protected] Tel: 0207729 8732 Mob: 07766682624

2. I Count is calling for the UK Government to change the Climate Change Bill by the following:
• Increase the carbon dioxide reduction target, from 60, to at least 80 per cent by 2050.
• Ensure that emissions from international aviation & shipping are included in the reduction targets.
• Set binding carbon budgets with annual milestones, to make sure that emissions reductions are on track

If industrialised countries only delivered a 60% CO2 reduction and ignored aviation and shipping then we would be looking at a temperature rise amounting to  40C or more global warming according to The Tyndall Centre.  Industrialised countries must deliver at least an 80% cut in CO2 if global warming is to be kept under  20C.  The Stern Review and the IPCC clearly state that an increase of 20C degrees or more will result in severe impacts such as the collapse of the Amazonian rainforest, the onset of irreversible melting of the Greenland ice sheet and the beginning of more than one billion people suffering water shortages . This also means that 15% to 40% of species will potentially face extinction and in southern Europe, crop yields will decline by 20%.   


3     I Count members include: Friends of the Earth, Christian Aid, Greenpeace, Oxfam, People & Planet, National Federation of Women’s Institutes, RSPB, Tearfund, World Wide Fund for Nature - UK (Board members), A Rocha, ACTSA, Action Aid, Airport Watch, BMS World Mission, CAFOD, Campaign against Climate Change, Campaign to Protect Rural England, Carplus, Climate Outreach and Information Network, Come off It, Ethical Consumer, Ethical Jobs, From Greenhouse to Green House, Garden Organic, Glasgow Eco-Renovation Network, Global Student Forum, Green TV, Islamic Foundation for Ecology and Environmental Science, Islamic Relief, Medact, National Commission for Justice and Peace, The National Trust for Scotland, Operation Noah, Plan B, Practical Action, Road Block, SAOCC, Save our World, SCIAF (Scottish Action on Climate Change), Shared Energy, SPEAK, Spokes, Surfers Against Sewage, Sustrans, Take Global Warming Seriously, The Wildlife Trusts, Transport 2000, UNA, Unison, Women's Environmental Network, Woodland Trust, World Development Movement, Youth Against Climate Change