MP has been silent on global warming
An open letter to David Lidington MP I AM WRITING to express my disappointment you were unable to meet myself and many other constituents on June 17 to discuss climate change.
A mass lobby was organised by the Climate Change Coalition and more than 100 organisations were present, from environmental NGOs such as Greenpeace and Friends of the Earth, to interfaith groups such as CAFOD and Islamic Relief, to humanitarian organisations such as Oxfam and Action Aid.
More than 10,000 citizens were present at Westminster and more than 250 MPs were successfully lobbied. After waiting for two hours, we were able to speak with your case worker, Marcus Golding, who assured us our concerns would be passed on. We do not feel this is an adequate response.
As representative of your constituents you have a duty to hear our concerns and I am sure I do not need to emphasise the extreme importance of this issue.
The evidence for climate change is overwhelming and we are set to far exceed the 2oC that is the agreed ‘safe limit’ of warming to avoid disastrous consequences for humanity. It is likely to be the poorest parts of the world which are hardest hit, despite making a far lower contribution to CO2 emissions than wealthier citizens.
Due to rising sea levels, large areas of land are likely to be lost, causing mass displacement of the inhabitants.
Due to increases in extreme weather events, loss of life is also set to rise dramatically if we exceed 2oC. Finally, the damage such changes will do to the biodiversity of our planet will have unprecedented impacts on our food and agricultural industries.
Those who met on June 17 would ask you, as MP for Aylesbury Vale and minister for Europe, to ask the prime minister and chancellor to back a low-carbon infrastructure plan, covering energy, transport and the restoration of nature.
Mr Golding has been supplied with a briefing paper with a list of our demands, which would aid our goal of 100 per cent clean, safe energy by 2050. I look forward to your response.
Those present on June 17 requested a meeting with yourself and once we have a date, I shall endeavour to ensure this is available for any in the Aylesbury Vale constituency. Sadly, you have been unwilling to represent the views of your constituents on the issue of HS2 and remain quiet on other environmental concerns. Perhaps you may be able to champion our cause on this, the single biggest threat currently facing humanity.