It’s been, ahem, three months since I last blogged about the Climate Bill, and now I’m writing to say that, taking us slightly off guard, the process has unexpectedly sped up!
What’s going on? Has nothing happened in the last threee months? Well, today sees ‘our Bill’, the Climate Change Bill, arrive in the House of Commons for its Second Reading. For those of you following the news, you’ll know that the Planning Bill with all the politics around it has been postponed, and it’s the Climate Bill that’s partly filling the gap.
This will involve a minister from Defra (the government department responsible for the Bill) introducing and outlining its purpose. The debate will take place today in Parliament at 3.30pm.
I’m no parliamentary expert, and have had to ask colleagues lots of questions about the process a Bill goes through, to know when the key times are, that we as campaigners need to apply pressure. And with the Second Reading we’re about to hit another.
Here’s how it works…
Essentially, through MPs showing their support for the amendments, MPs will demonstrate the strength of feeling amongst them, reflecting their constituents’ concern, and put pressure on the Government and the Committee to modify the Bill accordingly.
All of the 80 organisations in the Stop Climate Chaos coalition back these changes, representing a huge swathe of UK voting population - let’s help the Government give us the Climate Change Bill we deserve.