‘The answers are at our fingertips’: Charities call on MPs for urgent scaling up of climate solutions - National Trust

Leading charities and businesses will today call on politicians to rapidly accelerate the roll out of solutions to tackle climate change at a landmark event in Westminster.

Groups including The Women’s Institute, Save the Children, RSPB and the National Trust will make the case for decisive policy action that halts the worst effects of a warming climate and provides lasting solutions to the cost-of-living crisis.

It comes as a report by the Climate Change Committee last week found ‘scant evidence’ of delivery by the UK Government to meet its ambitious targets.

Frontline representatives from 19 organisations will present MPs and Peers with a ‘marketplace’ of tried and tested ideas – ranging from saltmarsh restoration to community energy schemes – to demonstrate the breadth of cutting-edge technologies and practices available and urge a scaling up of solutions in the UK and overseas.

The specially selected projects are already empowering local people, bringing back nature, helping farmers transition to climate-friendly practices, and preparing the hardest hit places for more extreme weather.

Organisers The Climate Coalition, a collective of 140 organisations representing 22 million people, will call for its new ’Secure, Fair and Green: A Plan for Climate, Nature, and People' to be enacted and for politicians to implement the Climate Change Committee’s recommendations. The group will also tell representatives from across the political spectrum that public appetite for action on climate change remains high, despite the pressures on people’s everyday lives.

Lord Deben, Chairman of the Climate Change Committee, who spoke at the event, said: “We know what to do to fight climate change, and it is essential to stem the rise of the cost of living. Energy efficiency and cheap renewable power are central to both battles”

Hilary McGrady, Director General of the National Trust, said: “Today is just a snapshot of some of the game-changing climate solutions that are already being put into practice in our towns, communities and countryside. The answers are at our fingertips, and by supporting these ideas, both at home and abroad, MPs can play their part in tackling climate change and improving people’s lives. The research keeps telling us how important climate action is to the public, and they want to see practical solutions - from heating our homes in environmentally friendly ways to protecting the wildlife in our beautiful countryside. This public demand for action remains despite the challenges faced by rising prices and bills. The two are in fact interlinked, and action to reduce emissions can help to improve both our environment and our prosperity, now and for future generations.”

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Posted On: 07/07/2022

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