We're facing a climate emergency
The biggest threat to our very existence and too much of the natural world we’ve ever seen. And the window of opportunity to act and stave off all but the worst impacts of climate change, is closing. What we do in the next few years will determine the future of our world. We still have time to act, and we know what the solutions look like – we just have to work together to build them.
And yet our leaders are letting us down - from filling the skies with more planes, to backing fracking in the UK and funding oil and gas projects abroad. The solutions to the climate crisis are out there and they don't look like this.
What we're calling for
We want to see communities where children can play outside and breathe in clean air, warm homes that don’t cost the earth to heat, access to nature wherever we live, better food that’s good for us and greener jobs for everyone.
That’s why we’re calling on the UK government to urgently adopt our Climate Action Plan which will rapidly cut greenhouse gas emissions and build a greener and fairer country.
By the end of 2020 we want a commitment to:
Transport: Stop the sale of petrol and diesel cars by 2030. Invest in brilliant and cheap public transport, cycling and walking everywhere.
Power: Stop making electricity from dirty fuels and ban fracking. Start aiming for 100% clean energy from the wind, sun and sea.
Buildings: End the misery of cold, expensive-to-heat homes. Fund a massive insulation scheme and shift to eco-friendly heating.
Agriculture and Land Use: Stop using our land for intensive farming. Double tree cover and let wildlife thrive.
Infrastructure: Stop backing projects that fuel climate change, like airport expansion. Start making climate change a deal-breaker in all spending decisions.
International Justice: Stop funding fossil fuels. Pay its fair share to support more-vulnerable countries to cut carbon pollution and deal with the impacts of climate change.
We have the power to save our futures if we act together.
The most effective thing we can do at the moment is be agents for change together locally, nationally and internationally.
Not only is it within our grasp to create the world we want to see – it is our right. Already, people across the country and across the world have recognised the climate emergency and are taking action – on the streets, where they work, in their homes and in their communities. They are already building the future we want to see – will you join them?
Climate change is a global problem with local solutions. Communities around the UK are taking the lead where our government isn’t – from school children going on strike, to building our own clean, affordable community energy systems, passing climate-based council motions and generally creating greener, fairer communities where people and nature can thrive.
The most powerful thing we can do to solve the climate emergency is to join in, working together locally to make change happen. By transforming the local, we will not only start building the better future we need, but together Climate Action Groups will form a movement so powerful that our leaders will be forced to act. In this way local climate action groups will play an essential role in achieving the big system change we need to see to stop climate change.
This summer we’re supporting a series of events that are bringing together anyone who’s worried about the climate crisis to start channelling this energy into starting climate action groups and building practical solutions . We will be helping to connect these local climate action groups at a national and international level to create enough pressure to bring about the big system changes that we urgently need.