MP has been silent on global warm­ing

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - OPINION -

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.

SUZIE MCCARTHY

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