Climate change is already causing devastating human suffering and pushing many species of plants and animals to the brink of extinction. Around the globe people are going hungry and losing their homes.
But we still have time to change this. The IPCC’s latest report – written by an international team of over 2000 scientists – is clear that with urgent, radical action we can avoid the most dangerous aspects of climate change. But only if we act now.
Right now governments are meeting in Poland to work out how to put the Paris climate agreement into action. As a rich country that for centuries has benefited from burning fossil fuels, the UK has the means and the responsibility to support poorer countries to cut their own emissions and adapt to the inevitable, devastating impacts of climate change.
The UK government claim to be leaders on climate, but they are not doing nearly enough to protect the world we love. Will you ask the Prime Minister to make sure the UK radically cuts its greenhouse gas emissions and meets its international obligations?
To: The Prime Minister
The UK must contribute its fair share to the global effort to tackle climate change. I call on your government to adopt a legally binding target to:
- Cut the UK's net greenhouse gas emissions to zero by 2045.
- Meet our international commitment to keep the planet’s temperature rise below 1.5 degrees (above pre-industrial levels).