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england, wales and northern ireland: make a good climate bill better

When the UK government published its draft Climate Change Bill in March, 2007, it was welcomed as an important step forward by Friends of the Earth England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

 

Ewni climate bill passed FoE England, Wales and Northern Ireland (EWNI) has led Britain’s public campaign for the new law through The Big Ask. Since May, 2005 more than 200,000 people have contacted their Member of Parliament asking for strong climate change legislation.

Although the UK is the first country in the world to introduce a legal framework for reducing carbon emissions, FoE EWNI is urging MPs to amend the draft Bill, to include bigger cuts in carbon dioxide emissions that are necessary if the UK is to respond effectively to the scale of the problem.

For example, the Bill is based on a target of 60 percent reductions in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, whereas climate science dictates that cuts of at least 80 percent by 2050 are necessary.  FoE EWNI is also urging MPs to ensure the Bill regulates pollution from Britain’s share of international aviation and shipping, and to include annual milestones to ensure Britain stays on track.

Find out more about The Big Ask.

 

Read more about FoE EWNI's national victories in 2007.

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