For Immediate Release: 28 March
From giant inflatable aeroplanes and effigies of Gordon Brown to 12 ft coal power stations in Parliament Square, supporters of I Count’s Week of Action (30 March - 5 April 2008) will be participating in hundreds of UK-wide events to make sure their local MP supports a Climate Change Bill with bite.
Supporters of I Count, the campaign of the Stop Climate Chaos coalition, have been ramping up the pressure to get a strong climate change law over the past 12 months. This week politicians will be feeling the pressure in their own constituencies where events and activities will be demanding that they support a tougher Climate Change Bill. Ashok Sinha, Director of the I Count campaign said. “The groundbreaking Climate Bill must protect us from the dangerous 2 degree C tipping point and commit to at least an 80% carbon dioxide reduction target by 2050 as well as include aviation and shipping emissions.”
The Climate Change Bill Week of Action activities include:
Christian Aid supporters will propose on bended knee with a giant diamond ring to demand that their local MP commits to a strong Climate Bill
UK student group, People & Planet will erect a twin towered 12ft coal power station on Parliament Square with masked Gordon Browns ‘burning’ a mock Climate Bill on Fossil Fools Day, followed by a mass lobby of MPs
the Campaign Against Climate Change will also converge on Parliament Square on 5 April demanding that aviation and shipping are included in the Climate Bill;
Word Development Movement and Friends of the Earth local groups will collaborate on 5 April with effigies of Gordon Brown playing with a giant inflatable aeroplane branded with ‘climate change kills’ in the London and Brighton area
Information of other activities which have been organised around the country can be found on the I Count events map at ww.icount.org.uk.
I Count is the campaign of the Stop Climate Chaos coalition which brings together over 70 organisations, from environment and development charities to unions, faith and women's groups. I Count backs a Climate Change Bill which includes aviation and shipping emissions, and commits the UK to at least 80% reduction in CO2 by 2050.
Notes to Editors
Climate Change Bill
The I Count campaign is delighted that the Government is introducing climate legislation but say it must be much stronger if it is to be effective. Crucially, the new law must acknowledge the 20C global warming threshold by:
1. Increase the carbon dioxide reduction target, from 60, to at least 80 per cent by 2050.
2. Ensure that the UK’s share of emissions from international aviation & shipping are included in the reduction targets.
MPs signed up to Early Day Motion demanding changes to the Bill are listed on: http://edmi.parliament.uk/EDMi/EDMByMember.aspx?MID=983
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), ACTSA, Action Aid, Airport Watch, A Rocha, BMS World Mission, CAFOD, Cambridge Carbon Footprint, Campaign against Climate Change, Campaign to Protect Rural England, Cap and Share, Carplus, Christian Aid Scotland, Climate Outreach and Information Network, Come off It, Concern Worldwide Scotland, CTC, Earth Restoration Service, Ethical Consumer, Ethical Jobs, Friends of the Earth Scotland, 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, Justice and Peace Scotland, Medact, MRDF, The National Trust for Scotland, Operation Noah, Oxfam Scotland, Plan B, Portsmouth Climate Action Network, Practical Action, Ramblers, Road Block, SAOCC, Save our World, SCIAF, Scottish Seabird Centre, Shared Energy, SPEAK, Spokes, Surfers Against Sewage, Sustrans, Take Global Warming Seriously, The Wildlife Trusts, TRANSform Scotland, Transport 2000, UNA, Unison, WaterAid, Women's Environmental Network, Women's Institute, Woodland Trust, World Development Movement, World Development Movement Scotland, WWF - UK, WWF - Scotland, Youth Against Climate Change.