21 October 2009
Barrett backs 10:10 campaign to meet climate targets
John Barrett, Liberal Democrat MP for Edinburgh West has signed up to the 10:10 carbon emissions campaign to achieve a 10% cut in carbon emissions in 2010.
Mr Barrett made the pledge as the Liberal Democrats used an opposition day debate in Parliament to call on all Government bodies to sign up to the campaign.
John Barrett said:
“The 10:10 campaign is about taking action now to ensure decreasing carbon emissions for future generations.
“Just earlier this week the Prime Minister was warning of a ‘climate catastrophe’ should global warming continue, today his government has a chance to back up those words with action.
“There are simple things that we can all do that will help make surprising savings in our emissions. Because I travel regularly between Westminster and Edinburgh I am aware that my carbon footprint will be bigger than I would like, however I will be making changes to ensure that my own overall emissions are as low as possible while allowing me to do my job as an MP.”
A full copy of today’s motion before the House of Commons:
That this House believes that it is vital that the UK demonstrates political leadership at all levels in response to the climate crisis, and that this is particularly important ahead of the United Nations Climate Change summit in Copenhagen if there is to be an international agreement which will avert the worst effects of catastrophic climate change; further believes that immediate practical responses to the crisis should include a massive expansion of renewable energy and energy efficiency and a commitment for all homes in Britain to be warm homes within 10 years; acknowledges that action taken now to tackle the climate crisis will cost less than action taken in the future; notes the declared support of Labour and Conservative frontbenchers to the objective of the 10:10 campaign which calls for 10 per cent. greenhouse gas emission reductions by the end of 2010; agrees that the House will sign up to the 10:10 campaign; calls on Her Majesty’s Government and all public sector bodies now to make it their policy to achieve a 10 per cent. reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by the end of 2010; and further calls on the Government to bring a delivery plan before this House by the end of 2009 on how these objectives will be achieved.
More information on the 10:10 campaign can be found at - http://www.1010uk.org/