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Cameron, Beckett and Campbell go Carbon Dating as pressure grows for tough uk action on climate change

28 February 2006

Conservative leader David Cameron, Environment Secretary Margaret Becket and Lib Dem leader Menzies Campbell will be amongst those attending a Carbon Speed Dating event organised by Stop Climate Chaos on Wednesday 1 March in Westminster. They will each take part in the Carbon Speed Dating [1] before making a short speech to those attending the media.

The event, which will introduce 700 supporters to some 70 politicians at Methodist Central Hall (opposite Westminster Abbey) from 2-4pm, is part of Stop Climate Chaos's campaign calling on the UK Government to set a Carbon Budget to deliver 3 per cent cuts in UK carbon dioxide emissions  year on year.

David Cameron, Margaret Beckett and Menzies Campbell are expected at the following times:

David Cameron: 2.05-2.25pm
Menzies Campbell:     2.30-3pm
Margaret Beckett: 3-3.30pm

1. Carbon Speed Dating: 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.

More information on the event can be found at: http://www.stopclimatechaos.org/news_events_detail.asp?id=49

Roz Hunt, Stop Climate Chaos: 0207 3244753. M: 07966 191124.
Neil Verlander Stop Climate Chaos/ Friends of the Earth: 07712 843 209 (m)