Act now for the environment

October 20, 2009 10:58 PM
The 10:10 Campaign

The 10:10 Campaign

The Liberal Democrat Shadow Energy and Climate Change Secretary, Simon Hughes MP, calls upon the public to help to support the Liberal Democrat motion on 10:10 this Wednesday. The Liberal Democrats have secured a debate in the House of Commons on climate change.

The motion calls for Parliament and the Government to sign up to the 10:10 campaign and commit to achieving a 10% reduction in emissions by the end of 2010.

If enough MPs join us then we can make a huge change to Britain's future. Political activism organisation 38 Degrees is working hard to make sure that MPs sign up to the 10:10 campaign.

We endorsed the 10:10 campaign at our recent federal conference and many Liberal Democrat run councils have shown the way. Sadly, Conservative-controlled Essex County Council have already rejected this motion, put forward by County Councillor David Kendall.

Now we are calling for the whole public sector to sign up. Once again, the Liberal Democrats are demonstrating leadership on the environment.

Commenting on Gordon Brown's warning of climate catastrophe if there is no agreement at UN talks in Copenhagen in 50 days time, Simon Hughes MP said:

"Gordon Brown's warning today to the most heavily polluting nations would be more credible if Labour's policies were consistent with the Prime Minister's words.

"Expansion of the UK's largest airport and continued plans for dirty coal power stations are not the policies of a government with the authority to lecture the world on averting the climate crisis.

"A vote in Parliament this Wednesday to back Liberal Democrat proposals to make 10% cuts in public sector emissions by 2010 will be a much stronger sign that Labour understands the urgency of the climate crisis."

This is a big opportunity for Liberal Democrats and for the environment. Under this government there has been a shameful lack of action on climate change.

Liberal Democrats have the power to make a real change. Leadership now is what Britain needs.

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