Yes we CAN! Alex Sobel MP leads a cross party effort to introduce the newly-named Climate and Nature (CAN) Bill

The Bill is back on the books…and support for new climate and nature legislation is stronger than ever!

Today, 21 March, Labour/Co-op MP Alex Sobel reintroduced Zero Hour’s Bill with cross-party backing, in a call for all politicians, whichever party, to unite around the need for urgent, joined-up climate and nature action. 

Alex Sobel MP is a seasoned and respected politician with a keen interest in social and environmental issues–and we’re delighted to have him leading the charge this parliamentary session. In 2019 he set up the Net Zero All-Party Parliamentary Group to help secure a low carbon and clean industrial and economic future for the UK. Between 2021 and 2023 he was Shadow Minister for Nature Recovery and the Domestic Environment in the Opposition DEFRA Team. Co-sponsoring MPs represent Labour, Conservatives, Liberal Democrats, Greens, SNP, SDLP and Alliance. 

And, for those of you with eagle-eyes, you’ll notice that the campaign has had a refresh with our newly named “Climate and Nature Bill”—or CAN Bill for short! Previously the Climate & Ecology Bill, we hope that this upgraded title will help all of our efforts as we reach out to candidates across the UK in the general election build up. The content of the CAN Bill is the same as the Climate & Ecology Bill—so that we are still holding the UK’s environmental ambition in line with science. 

Incredibly, the Bill has become the largest cross-party platform for climate and nature in Parliament! But we’re not resting on our laurels. We need all of the next parliamentary in-take to fight for the protection and restoration of nature—to avoid the worst impacts of climate change, boost biodiversity, increase food security, create green jobs and save the places we love. 

Alex Sobel MP said:

‘I’m proud to have introduced the Climate and Nature Bill with cross-party support from MPs of all main parties. This joined-up climate and nature plan is continuing the legacy of the Climate Change Act 2008. This CAN Bill is needed if we want to reclaim our environmental leadership; and finally get serious about reducing energy bills, protecting our wildlife, creating green jobs, and bolstering our energy and food security.

‘When made law, the CAN Bill will set the UK on a path where we can properly tackle the interconnected climate and nature crises—whilst making sure that no one is left behind in the long-overdue just transition we need. Global emissions are rising. Nature is in peril. So in this pivotal election year, let’s align our climate and nature laws in line with the science—and our international agreements—and deliver the climate and environmental action the public are crying out for.’

Do you have any questions about the new name for the Bill? Contact us at [email protected]

Together we CAN create the nature-rich future we all want to see!


A guide to referring to the newly-named Climate and Nature Bill:

  • Full name: “Climate and Nature Bill”
  • Short name: “CAN Bill”
  • New hashtag: #CANBill

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