We're in a climate and nature emergency – but while people across the UK are stepping up to face it, our legislation doesn’t come close to dealing with the crisis. Tell Alok Sharma MP this has to change.
We’re calling on Reading West's MP to back the Climate & Ecology Bill, currently in Parliament. Over 150 MPs and peers from all major parties have already backed the Bill.
Ask your MP to step up. Add your name to the open letter.
Dear Alok Sharma MP,
Reading is already seeing the effects of the climate and ecological emergency. Extreme heat events and floods that threaten our homes and livelihoods will increase in frequency and severity as global temperatures rise. Half of the UK’s natural biodiversity is also now gone, with populations of iconic species like hedgehogs and vital pollinators like bees crashing, risking the rural economy that our area is built on.
We, the undersigned, are a group of constituents, councils, businesses, schools and organisations from the Reading West constituency who invite you as our MP to take urgent action – by backing the Climate and Ecology Bill in Parliament.
The CE Bill has been developed to address the gaps in current legislation so that the UK:
- Commits to a 'carbon budget' to keep warming to 1.5°C
- Actively restores lost nature in our countryside and towns
- Takes responsibility for, and reduces our full carbon footprint (including aviation, goods imported from China, US etc).
The Bill is comprehensive. It's been written by leading UK scientists, economists and policy experts, and now has the support for MPs and Peers from every major party.
We need new law. The Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has made it clear that this decade is critical. Unless we make immediate, rapid, and large-scale reductions in carbon emissions and at the same time restore nature, we face catastrophic consequences for our way of life; our countryside, people and communities, businesses, and the natural world that is so fundamental to our survival.
Current UK policies are in line with 2-3°C of warming, and our country is the worst in the G7 for lost biodiversity. This is an emergency. Everyone in Reading must try to do their bit to fix it, and we believe that includes you as our MP.
Alok Sharma MP, help protect our country.
Back the Climate & Ecology Bill.