South Manchester Residents Make Climate Connection with Local MP

5th November 2010
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Local residents will connect with John Leech MP at 2pm on Saturday 6 November at Nell Lane Community Centre, Buckthorn Close (off Nell Lane), M21 7UG.

A group of concerned residents from South Manchester are getting together to lobby JohnLeech MP to call for greater action on climate change.

The Liberal Democrat MP for Manchester Withington is meeting his constituents on Saturday 6 November as part of “The Big Climate Connection”, a nationwide lobby of MPs organised by the Stop Climate Chaos coalition. [1]

The group will be urging their MP to push for strong measures to be included in the forthcoming Energy Bill, such as improving energy efficiency in UK homes and reducing carbon pollution from power stations. They will also be calling on the UK to take a lead in the forthcoming climate talks in Cancun, Mexico by ensuring more finance is made available for developing countries to adapt to the effects of climate change, develop low carbon economies and protect forests. [2]

Local co-ordinator Ali Abbas, from Chorlton, said:

“Taking action on climate change isn’t just about doing the right thing for future generations.  It’s also about doing the right thing now – from creating jobs and cutting energy bills for local people who are struggling in the recession, to helping people in developing countries who are already being affected by changing weather patterns.

“That’s why we’re making the climate connection with John Leech, and calling on him to ensure that the coalition lives up to its pledge to be the greenest government ever.”

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Notes to Editors

[1] Updated information on the number of lobby events and people attending will be available at www.thebigconnection.org

[2] The Big Climate Connection is asking for the Government to take domestic and international action on climate change in the run-up to the UN climate talks in Cancun, Mexico in December.

At Cancun, the Government must:

• Support the establishment of one common climate fund to help developing countries adapt to climate change, develop in a low carbon way and protect their forests.
• Support and champion new and innovative sources of finance; including revenue from measures to tackle aviation and shipping emissions, and a levy on financial transactions, because these public funds can leverage the trillions of dollars of private finance needed.
• Reinforce the UK’s integrity in climate negotiations by guaranteeing that UK money going towards the costs of adaptation by developing countries will be provided as grants rather than loans, and push other donors to do likewise.

Domestically, the Government’s Energy Bill, which is currently being prepared, must include:

• A legal minimum energy efficiency standard for the private rented sector so that by 2016 at the latest, no home with an energy performance rating below Bands F&G (the most unhealthy homes) can be let without being improved to a higher standard.
• A strong Green Deal using the pay as you save approach and other supportive measures to ensure there are no homes below Band D by 2020 and 7 million homes in the UK have had an energy efficiency makeover reducing their emissions by at least 60 per cent.
• Enabling legislation so a strong Emissions Performance Standard (EPS) for fossil fuel power stations can be set to enable delivery of a decarbonised electricity supply by 2030. An EPS would set a limit on the amount of CO2 a power station can emit per unit of energy produced, ensuring that future electricity from fossil fuels is more efficient, and ruling out the most polluting power stations.

The benefits of these policy demands include:

• Greater energy security, better health and fewer people suffering from fuel poverty as a result of better insulated homes.
• Reduced carbon pollution as a result of setting tight caps on carbon emissions from power stations, leading to new industries to capture the carbon pollution and store it.
• A healthier local economy with new jobs in insulation and renewable power and a healthier global economy with both rich and poor countries developing low carbon industries.
• Greater resources for developing countries to respond and adapt to extreme weather events, such as the floods seen recently in Pakistan, and for developing countries to conserve rainforests so that they continue to store carbon and protect wildlife.
• Increased trust in international climate negotiations through action at home to reduce our emissions and through delivering on our commitments for climate finance that will support developing countries to respond and adapt to extreme weather events.