Hun­dreds sign pe­ti­tion to fight cli­mate change

Macclesfield Express - - WHAT’S ON - RHIANNON MCDOWALL

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

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