16 October 2006
Barrett teams up with Queen to tackle climate change
John Barrett MP, Liberal Democrat MP for Edinburgh West, met with a Queen look-a-like outside the House of Commons to highlight the need for a climate s speech at the opening of Parliament in November.
Mr Barrett is one of 397 MPs who are backing The Big Ask, Friends of the Earth’s climate campaign which is calling for the introduction of a law that would commit the Government to cutting the UK’s carbon dioxide emissions by at least three per cent year on year.
A climate change law would ensure the UK plays its part in keeping global temperatures below danger levels, and that it does this in a manageable way.
John Barrett MP said:
“Many people across Edinburgh are already taking steps to cut their carbon emissions. However, the Government can make it easier and cheaper for individuals and business to do their bit by introducing a climate change law in the next Queens speech.
“Climate change is one of the biggest threats we face, however we do have the means to tackle it. A climate law will give Government and business the framework they need to put the solutions to climate change into practice. We have heard warm words from Ministers on climate change, they need to follow this through with concrete proposals.”
Friends of the Earth Director, Tony Juniper said:
“With the support of John and the 396 other MPs who are backing The Big Ask campaign we are a step closer to getting this law introduced."
A picture of John Barrett MP meeting the ‘Queen’ can be viewed onthe Friends of the Earth website.
For more information on The Big Ask go to www.thebigask.com.