The Climate and Ecological Emergency Bill: What it is, why you should care, and what you can do.

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The Climate and Ecological Emergency Bill (CEE Bill), if passed, will be the most important piece of climate legislation in the UK since the Climate Change Act (2008). By ingraining responsibility and evidence based policymaking into law, it will mark the start of a new era in which sustainability is prioritised within any and all societal development. The advice of experts, the values of the British people, and the interests of people globally (present and future) will be integral to the UKs climate response. This shift in favour of sustainability will still not be easy, but the passing of this bill marks an important step to holding the big political players accountable to the goals they set out, acknowledging the intersectional nature of the Climate Crisis, and working collectively towards a shared goal. The reintegration of people back into nature no longer need carry the hint of a fairy tale. 

The Climate and Ecological Emergency Bill (CEE Bill), if passed, will be the most important piece of climate legislation in the UK since the Climate Change Act (2008).

Find out more about the bill below. And follow the instructions on how best to contact your MP and encourage them to support the Climate and Ecological Emergency Bill.     


A quick summary of the bill:


The Prime Minister is made directly accountable for climate outcomes - meaning the goals they set out. 
Limitations are placed on the extent to which Negative Emissions Technologies can be relied upon for fulfilling climate goals.   
Ensures that the UK’s emissions targets are fair, by taking account of its historical contribution to global emissions as well as the different economic positions of other nations. 
Requires emissions relating to imported goods being taken into account. As well as those arising from aviation, shipping, and land based transport. 
Paves the way for a Citizens Assembly to be constructed by an independent body. The recommendations of which must be included in the plan to meet the UK’s climate targets. 

Why is this important? 

Holding the PM directly accountable for climate target outcomes raises the political importance of the issue, ensuring that it receives appropriate attention in line with its magnitude. 
Legislating against overreliance on NETs prevents inaction in other areas being justified through reference to future technological breakthroughs which may or may not happen. 
A just response to climate change is essential both practically and morally. Those who have created and benefited from excessive carbon consumption must be the ones to pay the cost of reduction. The appetite for emissions reductions is small where standards of living lag behind, so those wealthy nations that can afford to make reductions and still maintain a large standard of living must do so or it will not happen anywhere. 
The statutory inclusion of citizens assembly recommendations in climate policy strategy ensures that the values of the people are ingrained into policy decisions.   

Contact your local MP, and encourage them to support the Climate and Ecological Emergency Bill. 


Find details of how to contact your MP here


Ring your MP

Ask to speak to your MP directly and ask them to support the CEE Bill, explaining why it’s important:


Deliver a sustainable society as soon as possible
Take responsibility for the entire UK carbon footprint. 
Reflect people's values through the Citizens Assembly. 
Prevent overreliance on unproven technologies 
Active restoration of the natural world. 
If they request more information about the Bill then direct them towards the CEE Executive Summary and Briefing Note

Write a personalised email or letter. 

It's important to avoid copy and pasted letters that can easily be dismissed. 

Tell them who you are, where you are writing from, and if you have contacted them before.
Ask them to support the CEE bill, and direct them to the CEE Executive Summary and Briefing Note for more detailed information.
Explain why the CEE Bill is important, and why it is essential that it receives their full backing.

By Louder than the Storm Political Lead, MacGregor Cox.


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