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MPs go carbon dating to stop climate chaos

01 March 2006

Stop Climate Chaos, the UK's new climate change coalition, is hosting a 'Carbon Speed Dating' event on 1st March to call on Chancellor Gordon Brown to deliver a Carbon Budget to cut the UK's greenhouse gas emissions by 3 percent, year on year.  The event will introduce 700 supporters to some 70 politicians at Methodist Central Hall on 1st March from 2-4pm and comes the day after the coalition meets with the Primate Minister and key cabinet figures to discuss tackling climate change.

Stop Climate Chaos supporters will be representing a broad range of environmental, faith based and international development organisations as they meet their political 'dates' and ask them to call on the Chancellor to introduce a Carbon Budget setting out binding targets for emissions across all sectors of the economy. Without such action the UK will not fulfill its role in keeping global climate change below dangerous levels and preventing it from spiraling out of control. 
A growing list of politicians are booking in for Carbon Dating including Conservative leader, David Cameron, Acting Leader, Liberal Democrats, Menzies Campbell and  Secretary of State for the Environment, Margaret Beckett.

MPs will arrive between 2-4pm and rotate around different 'dating' tables where they will listen to concerns and answer questions on global climate change. Supporters will talk passionately about how climate change impacts on the environment, biodiversity and the world's poorest people.

At the end of the event there will be feedback from both sides of the table. Stop Climate Chaos supporters will have the opportunity to rate their dates with comments on which MPs showed themselves to be passionate about the planet and demonstrated a commitment for action to tackle climate change.  MPs will also feedback on the most compelling pitch they received from a Carbon Date as well as being given the opportunity to sign up to the political asks and / or make a personal pledge to help Stop Climate Chaos.

Dr Ashok Sinha, Director of Stop Climate Chaos said: "We know how to tackle climate change - cut emissions of greenhouse gases caused by burning oil, coal and gas. What's the obstacle? Political will to make the necessary changes in policy. It's up to us to put pressure on politicians to demonstrate our concern for the issue and demand urgent action, including setting a UK Carbon Budget. Together we CAN Stop Climate Chaos"

For further information on the Carbon Dating Event please contact Roz Hunt at Stop Climate Chaos:

Tel: 0207 3244753
Mobile: 07966 191124
Email: [email protected]

To join the Stop Climate Chaos press list please email [email protected]

Interview opportunities are available on 1st March with:

  • Dr Ashok Sinha, Director, Stop Climate Chaos
  • Dr. Elaine Storkey, President, Tearfund
  • Tony Juniper, Director, Friends of the Earth
  • Nazmul Islam Chowdhury, Practical Action Bangladesh
  • Stephen Tindale, Executive Director, Greenpeace
  • Dr Mark Avery, Conservation Director, RSPB
  • Matthew Davis, Head of Climate Change Campaign, WWF
  • James Lloyd, Head of Campaigns, People & Planet

RSVP to:
Roz Hunt: [email protected]
Tel: 0207 3244753 / 07966191124

Notes for media

Stop Climate Chaos was launched in September 2005 and is calling on the government for: 

  • Action in the UK: Establish a Carbon Budget that cuts emissions by 3 per cent and which covers all sectors of the economy, and use all the tax, incentive and regulatory tools at its disposal to ensure the target is met.
  • Action internationally: Make it a top priority to ensure that global greenhouse gas emissions are irreversibly declining by 2015.
  • Action for justice: Provide all necessary assistance to developing countries to both adapt to climate change and in the longer term get access to sufficient clean energy to meet their developmental needs.

The growing coalition contains most of the UK's leading environmental and international development organisations as well as women's organisations, activist groups and faith-based campaigns: Airport Watch, BMS world Mission, CAFOD, Campaign against Climate Change. Centre for Alternative Technology , Christian Aid, Friends of the Earth, Greenpeace, Islamic Foundation for Ecology & Environmental Sciences, Medact, Operation Noah, Oxfam,  People and Planet, Practical Action,  Road Block, RSPB,  Save our World, Sustrans, Tearfund, The Wildlife Trusts, Take Global Warming Seriously, Transport 2000, National Federation of Women's Institutes, UNISON, Women's Environmental Network, Woodland Trust, World Development Movement and WWF.

For further information on Stop Climate Chaos and to find out how to get involved visit www.stopclimatechaos.org.