East Herts eco-warriors call on MP to back green bill in parliament
Volunteers from the Climate and Ecological Emergency (CEE) Bill East Herts group have challenged Bishop's Stortford MP Julie Marson to back the green legislation in parliament.
They dropped Covid-compliant banners across the district including near Gilston, in Hertford, and over the A10.
The bill calls on the Government to take account of the UK's entire carbon footprint, protect nature in the UK and prevent ecological damage along supply chains. It also establishes a citizens' assembly to ensure that these changes are achieved in a fair and just way.
Gilson resident and group spokeswoman Kate Nissim said: "We have made and displayed these banners to tell Julie Marson that we need stronger environmental action.
"We're seeing endless reports coming out, many from the Government's own committees, highlighting that Boris Johnson isn't going far enough to tackle the climate and ecological emergency.
"Julie Marson has so far refused to back the bill, stating that she is proud of the government's record on environmental issues – despite it recently slashing grants for electric cars, and failing to implement measures designed to tackle air pollution.
She added: "The Stortford area is at risk from a variety of environmental issues, such as increased traffic, river pollution and housing developments on greenfield sites.
"The CEE Bill will ensure that environmental issues are prioritised on both a national and local level, and will help make sure that we pass down a planet to our children with clean air, a stable climate and the abundance of wildlife."
Green MP for Brighton Caroline Lucas presented the bill in parliament on September 2 last year. It was scheduled for a second reading in the House of Commons on Friday (March 26) but was delayed because of the Covid-19 pandemic.
A new date is to be set but it is predicted that the bill will have a very low chance of progressing because of the volume of private members' bills lined up.
The CEE Bill is supported by over 100 MPs from eight political parties – including Labour, Scottish National Party, Plaid Cymru, the Liberal Democrats and Greens.
In 2019, the Government committed to a legally binding target of net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 and in eight months, the UK will host the UN climate conference, COP26, in Glasgow.
Kate said: "We are inviting Julie Marson to have a discussion with her constituents about the CEE Bill – we all feel incredibly passionate about this issue and welcome a forum to discuss our concerns."