Hundreds sign petition to fight climate change
ALMOST a thousand people have signed a petition to urge the government to take action against climate change.
The 824 signatures were collected by HOPE, the churches of Macclesfield district working together, and highlights the need for global climate change to become a priority in government.
It was presented to Macclesfield MP David Rutley as part of a week of action by the Climate Coalition, a group of more than 130 organisations that have joined together to fight for the cause.
They are calling for coordination between government departments in the production of emissions reduction plans, which are required under UK legislation, with a specific emphasis on local community energy sources, energy saving in homes, and the solution to the air pollution problems created by fossil fuels in vehicles.
Mr Rutley, who has been an MP in Macclesfield for seven years, said: “One of the arts of effective lobbying is to raise awareness, and this group does that very well.
“Sometimes it is more difficult to get action but, the government pushed hard at the Paris climate talks in 2015 and will continue to push hard to ensure that it achieves its stated emissions reduction targets.
“Climate change is one of the most serious long term challenges that this country faces and the government will continue to work with other European countries in this important area, as it commences to withdraw from the EU.”
Keith Taylor, who organised the event, said: “Despite the government’s many conflicting tasks, climate change should remain a priority for all.
“Brexit shouldn’t mean that the issue of climate change is being pushed aside.
“The signatories were mainly members of churches and of the public but they included a good number of students at All Hallows Catholic College who were invited to sign after learning about climate change.
“Mr Rutley welcomed the petition as evidence of concerns among his constituents and invited all present to keep him informed of their views on detailed aspects of government policy and actions on the environment.
“The petition will be presented in the Commons according to official procedure.”
Bridget Fenwick, a CAFOD representative in Macclesfield, said: “It was great to attend this event as a representative of CAFOD, a member of the Climate Coalition.
“To see so many people passionate about climate change, and for Mr Rutley to attend and show his support, is a great achievement and we hope that the government will take note.”
The petition of 824 signatures from HOPE, the churches of Macclesfield district working together, was presented to Macclesfield MP David Rutley