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Cheadle MP signs climate pledge

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Mark Hunter, Liberal Democrat MP for Cheadle, has pledged his support for new legislation to help tackle climate change.

The Climate Change Bill is the focus of Friends of the Earth’s national Big Ask campaign [1], launched last year. The Big Ask calls on the Government to set legally binding targets to cut carbon dioxide emissions by three per cent per year. This would ensure that current and future governments meet the commitment of a 60 per cent reduction in emissions by 2050.

Although the Government initially committed to reducing carbon emissions by 20 per cent by 2010, it now appears from the latest government figures that the UK may not even reach the 12.5 per cent target set by the Kyoto Protocol. 157.4 million tonnes of carbon was released into the atmosphere in 2005 – 2.3 per cent more then when Labour came to power in 1997 and only 4.8 per cent below 1990 emission levels [2]. Passing a law that mandates annual emission cuts will ensure critical measures to address climate change are made now, rather than being left for a future government to deal with.

Mark Hunter MP reaffirmed his commitment to the environment, stating that:

“As a developed nation, the UK needs to take the lead on implementing measures to tackle climate change. Making the reduction of greenhouse gases a legal obligation seems to me to be the most effective way of addressing this extremely important and far-reaching issue, and I will lend my full support to the bill.”

Ali Abbas, lead climate campaigner at Manchester Friends of the Earth [3], said:

“We’re already seeing the effects of rising global temperatures, from the melting of the polar ice caps to the increase in frequency and severity of extreme weather events. Time is running out, and the Government needs to rise to the challenge of climate change and put a framework in place to deliver annual cuts in emissions before it’s too late.”

If you live in the Stockport area and would like to find out more about The Big Ask campaign, the next meeting of the new Stockport Friends of the Earth group will take place on Monday 26th June 2006 at 7.30pm in the upstairs function room of the Chestergate public house (at the corner of Chestergate and Mersey Square) in Stockport. For more information, please contact Les Leggett on 07742 149763 or by e-mail at


Notes to Editors

[1] Further information on the Friends of the Earth Big Ask campaign can be found at

[2] For details of the latest emissions figures, visit

[3] Manchester Friends of the Earth is a prominent campaigns group, raising awareness and lobbying for policy changes at a local, regional, national and international level. The group consists entirely of volunteers, and its campaigns are funded by membership fees and individual donations. Up-to-date information is available on its website: Manchester Friends of the Earth is part of a national network of local groups, affiliated to the national organisation (further information can be found at

[4] Photos of Manchester Friends of the Earth’s meeting with Mark Hunter (and a number of other Greater Manchester MPs) can be downloaded at:

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