23rd Aug, 2019

Taking climate change message to Westminster

Rob George 13th Jul, 2019

CAMPAIGNERS from Worcester and across the county were among those who travelled to Westminster as part of a nationwide mass lobby to urge politicians to tackle climate change.

The #TimeIsNow campaign encouraged people from every constituency in the country to travel to London and to meet MPs and discuss what they were doing to make sure climate change remains top of the agenda.

Approximately 20,000 people took part in the activities on Wednesday, June 26.

Although they were unable to meet city MP Robin Walker, neighbouring Mid Worcestershire MP Nigel Huddleston met constituents on the south bank of the River Thames, where he answered questions from local activists including Worcestershire Wildlife Trust and Greenpeace representatives.

He discussed with the activists what measures the Government had already taken but also agreed more could be done to protect our environment and produce more renewable energy sources.

The UK has become the first country in the G7 to commit to reaching its targets on climate change by 2050.

Greenpeace city volunteer John Allen said: “I’m shocked to discover that our county town, Worcester’s, iconic river is so polluted by plastic. It’s vital we get a legal target to slash the amount of throwaway plastic we’re producing to protect the River Severn and our local environment.”

“Mr Huddleston said he had received more emails about the environment and animal welfare than he ever received about Brexit and us lobbying him gave him more reason to ask for tougher changes. So he wanted us to continue to lobby.”

The MP’s afternoon with campaigners follows his petition to Parliament to urge the Government to fully support the UK’s bid to host the next international summit on climate change, COP26.

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