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Climate and Nature emergencies: Voters need to know where their Greater Manchester Parliamentary candidates stand

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Thursday 28th November will see the first #ClimateNatureDebate held during a General Election campaign.[1] 

The next Government must demonstrate global leadership on shared environmental problems, especially climate change – which is already bringing chaos to the lives of millions in the world’s poorest countries and flooding misery here in the North West and in other areas of the United Kingdom.  

In the run up to the General Election on Thursday 12th December,  Manchester Friends of the Earth is asking all the candidates standing in Greater Manchester constituencies to let potential voters know their views on urgent environment issues such as Climate Change, air pollution, transport and waste. [2]

Climate change, nature, and human wellbeing are inextricably linked. If these are not addressed adequately then the cost to current and future generations in terms of lives lost, livelihoods damaged, and economic harm will be severe. It is the poorest in the world who are suffering most, despite contributing least to the problem.  

Catherine Thomson, Manchester Friends of the Earth co-ordinator said:

“This is the biggest challenge faced by humanity and amajority of the British public now say climate change will affect how they vote.

“We need urgent transformative changes to build a greener and fairer society. All parliamentary candidates have to see that this is the fight of a generation and let potential voters know their views on these urgent environment issues”

Manchester Friends of the Earth are urging all parliamentary candidates standing in Greater Manchester constituencies to answer 12 questions by the 12th December. [3] 

The United Nations has told us we have a decade – or two election cycles – to cut global emissions in half.  Friends of the Earth are asking all parliamentary candidates standing in the General Election to pledge to make the climate crisis a deal-breaker every time they vote. [4]


Contact for comments:  Pete Abel, Manchester Friends of the Earth. Mobile: 07951 642858    Email:

Notes for Editors

1) The Climate Nature Debate, Channel 4, Broadcast 7pm, Thursday 28th November.  So far Labour, the Liberal Democrats, the SNP and the Greens have confirmed they will take part.  Over 200,000 people signed a petition calling for party leaders to hold a debate on the climate and nature emergencies. 

2) General Election 2019 – A cleaner, greener, healthier, fairer UK? #GE2019.

See which Greater Manchester candidates have responded 

3)  The 12 questions and background information.

4)  Friends of the Earth are encouraging people to ‘Ask your election candidates to sign our climate pledge’. Check to see if your election candidates have signed the pledge to fight climate breakdown.

* Make the climate crisis a deal-breaker in how they vote in parliament.
* Vote to support measures that help us rapidly cut greenhouse gas emissions and build a fairer and greener society.

5) Manchester Friends of the Earth is an award-winning environmental campaign 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 the group’s website: Manchester Friends of the Earth is a Licensed Local Group of Friends of the Earth, England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

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