The Climate and Ecological Emergency Bill Alliance thanked Grahame Morris MP for joining 63 other MPs in signing the House of Commons resolution, Early Day Motion 832, in support of the Bill.
The new legislation – known as the CEE Bill – was drafted by expert scientists, lawyers and academics, and sets a viable pathway for the UK to follow by:
- Requiring the Government to ensure that the UK reduces greenhouse gas emissions in line with its legally-binding international obligations to limit global heating to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels
- Requiring the Government to protect and restore habitats, woodlands, wetlands and the wider natural world
- Establishing a representative Citizens’ Assembly to involve people from all parts of the UK in deciding which policies are needed to avoid irreversible environmental damage.
Supporter of the CEE Bill, Grahame Morris MP said: “Climate change is the most serious issue facing the planet. I will do all I can to help enact the CEE Bill before the UN climate conference in Glasgow next November. The CEE Bill is a golden opportunity to fix our climate and restore the natural world. It offers a viable route to tackle the environmental crisis, and I call on the Prime Minister to ensure the Bill becomes law.”
Dr. Amy McDonnell, from the CEE Bill Alliance, said: “The UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has warned that any increase above 1.5°C will have disastrous effects on our planet, causing sea levels to rise, the loss of homes for millions of people and irreversible damage to Earth’s natural systems. The Bill is the UK’s best and last chance to meet the Paris Agreement 1.5°C commitment and limit the impact of catastrophic climate change.Ahead of the UN Climate Conference in Glasgow next November (COP 26), MPs must ensure that Britain fulfils its international obligations and prevent runaway climate change. All of us need to be involved in choosing the best solutions, and that’s why a Citizens’ Assembly is essential.”
Useful links: the CEE Bill text; Early Day Motion 832; a briefing note on the CEE Bill; and an executive summary on the CEE Bill.