Working Towards a Healthier, Greener, Fairer Future for the UK
By Stuart Neaverson & Rosa Prosser
Recent surveys have shown that the majority of the UK public are worried about climate change. It’s becoming increasingly difficult to ignore the need to take urgent action, with the impacts already being felt across the world and in the UK. Record-breaking temperatures, rains and droughts are becoming more frequent and devastating. We need to see urgent action taken by world leaders to protect the people, places and nature we love.
2021 is vital. We have a pressing need to take action, and the opportunity to lead the world into a cleaner, greener future. This November the UK is hosting the most important international summit our shores have seen for a generation as the world descends on Glasgow for the UN climate conference (COP26).
The stakes couldn’t be bigger; decisions made at this summit impact our chances of limiting global temperature rise to 1.5C. Here in the UK, limiting temperature increase is crucial to reduce the threats of wildfires, flooding and biodiversity loss.
It is vital that we come together, as both a nation and a global community, to work together to achieve the ambitious action on climate change that is needed.
The Climate Coalition – the UK’s largest group of people dedicated to action against climate change – is working to bring people together here in the UK to create a cleaner, greener world that works for everyone.
Founded in 2005 in recognition of the urgent need to respond to the global environmental crisis, The Climate Coalition consists of over 120 organisations. These include the National Trust, Oxfam, The Women’s Institute and RSPB with a combined supporter base of more than 22 million voices.
We represent a strong and unified voice that politicians cannot avoid listening to. Through our campaigns and events, we make sure the public voice is heard and that change happens.
In 2020, in light of the UK hosting the United Nations Climate summit, The Climate Coalition launched its declaration to the Prime Minister, calling him to:
- Inspire a green energy revolution which would make transport, power, and housing fit for the future, whilst boosting jobs across the UK
- Dedicate attention towards protecting, restoring and expanding green and wild spaces, which would allow nature to thrive whilst also taking carbon from the air and boosting the nation’s health
- Increase support for the most vulnerable so that no one is left behind
By fulfilling these aims, the UK will not only create a better future for its population and wildlife but facilitate and aid the Paris Agreement target of limiting the rise in global temperature to 1.5 degrees – this acknowledges the role the UK has to play globally, especially in light of COP26 being held in Glasgow later this year.
In the run up to COP26, The Climate Coalition is holding the Great Big Green Week from September 18th-26th. This is a national week of events bringing communities together and celebrating how they are taking action to tackle climate change and protect green spaces, and encourage others to get involved too. It is also calling on politicians to raise their ambition and champion action on climate change.
We all have a role to play in halting the climate crisis and there are many positive actions, from a small to large scale, which can help with the aims of The Climate Coalition.
There are three ways that the conservation sector can support The Climate Coalition’s work:
1. Sign the declaration
By signing the declaration, you can directly support the coalition’s pledge to the Prime Minister for a healthier, greener, fairer tomorrow. It’s open to everyone, from charities to businesses to faith groups and beyond! We want to show the Prime Minister the wellspring of support from across the country and society for tackling climate change.
2. Get involved with the Great Big Green Week
The Great Big Green Week promises to be the biggest event for climate and nature ever in the UK, with thousands of events taking place. You can get involved by signing up to events, organising events, or becoming a partner. We would love conservation groups to organise activities for September, to showcase how conservation has a role to play in tackling climate change and get people involved.
3. Join the coalition
Organisations can join the largest group of people dedicated to action on climate change in the UK by becoming a member. Membership is open to all and a great way to make your mark in this critical year. To find out more about membership, click here.
Climate change needs tackling now, and every person, organisation, and country has a significant part to play. Together, we are able to make a difference and create a voice that is impossible to ignore.
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