The climate crisis has been in the news recently with the Extinction Rebellion protests. These were followed by the publication of the UK Committee on Climate Change report – which proposed net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 – and the UN’s assessment of how quickly we are losing natural ecosystems on which we all depend. You can read more in these articles by the Committee on Climate Change and the UN.
According to both sources, ‘transformative changes’ are needed. Both also believe that changes are possible. Many people, including me, would add that they can lead to a much better quality of life for all.
So here’s one thing we can all do: ask our MP to support the proposals of the Committee on Climate Change for a zero carbon UK.
On 26th June some of us will be going to Westminster to meet our MPs. Do join us! You can register through the Climate Coalition. Please let us know if you plan to come by sending us a brief message. We will be co-ordinating meetings with MPs and may be able to help with travel arrangements (see below).
If you aren’t able to join us, please contact your MP, using our draft letter if you like.
One travel option is National Express coach to Victoria with a 25% reduction arranged by the Climate Coalition. Trains from Swindon are quick but quite expensive – approx. £50 full fare returning after 7pm, but groups of 3 or more get a 33% discount. A cheaper option may be a car share to Hungerford to take the train from there – return tickets booked in advance are currently £12 full fare.
We hope that you will come along with us, we in Swindon have our part to play. Any questions / issues, please get in touch.