Climate Lobby in Westminster – 26th June

By Pippa Stilwell, Climate Ambassador

The Time is Now mass lobby for climate and environmental action will be held in London on Wednesday 26th June.

I went on the 2015 lobby and met my MP Derek Thomas, newly elected and with no particular interest in climate change. Since 2015 we have met him a number of times and he has now signed the cross party letter calling for net zero emissions, signed Caroline Lucas MP’s Early Day Motion calling for the Government to declare a climate emergency, and asked a question about the environment at PMQs. He has also started to discuss climate change in his Cornishman column. You can make a difference!

Do join the lobby if you possibly can. It’s not scary, and there is a great atmosphere. The WI provides a safe space (from 10.30 am), and your conversation will make a difference. Take water, suncream and a hat – we were chatting with our MP for 45 minutes on Lambeth Bridge!

This is an excerpt from the March NFWI Public Affairs Digest, publicising The Time is Now lobby:

Let’s go further and faster to protect our planet. Join us in Westminster on 26 June from 1pm to 4.30pm to speak to your MP about protecting the climate and environment. Register your interest here.

Organised by the Climate Coalition, the mass lobby outside parliament is part of Speak Up Week. It aims to highlight the breadth of people who care about leaving a legacy that we can be proud of for future generations.

We are the last generation that can realistically limit warming to climate-safe levels. The onus is on our MPs to take a lead in ensuring the UK remains at the front of global efforts to reduce emissions and pollution. Politicians will only increase their ambition if they see that we care. They will act if their constituents tell them they want change.

We will be joined by a coalition of organisations that represent millions of people across the UK. From surfers to scientists, bird watchers to doctors, everyone has a stake in the state of our environment. To get involved or if you would like to join us please register your interest here.

If you are interested in issues such as climate change and other WI campaigns, please click here to subscribe to the monthly NFWI Public Affairs Digest. It will pop up every month in your email inbox.

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