Climate change petition delivered to Prime Minister
31 May 2019
The Prime Minister has received a joint petition from CAFOD and other campaign groups featuring the names of nearly 750,000 people calling for urgent action on climate change.
The petition was presented at Downing Street on Friday by a group including a nun, a secondary school student, a midwife and a community activist. The petition's handover came at the end of a month in which the government’s independent climate advisers recommended the UK set a target of reducing emissions to net zero by 2050 to keep temperature rises below 1.5C.
Sister Karen Marguerite d’Artois, a CAFOD campaigner who was part of the delegation to Downing Street, said:
"The message I want to bring to Theresa May is: please act now. This is the opportunity to leave a lasting legacy, one that will go far beyond your lifetime."
Sister Karen Marguerite d’Artois, CAFOD campaigner
“The message I want to bring to Theresa May is: please act now. This is the opportunity to leave a lasting legacy, one that will go far beyond your lifetime.
“We have to act now to save our planet. The government needs to introduce legislation so that we can reach net zero emissions as soon as possible.
“The time is running out.”
The petition delivered to Downing Street was signed by supporters of CAFOD along with other campaign groups and charities including the WWF, Greenpeace, Christian Aid, Friends of the Earth and 38 Degrees.
Lobby your MP on climate change
On 26 June, thousands of people will travel to Westminster for a meeting with MPs in the area around Parliament. The Time is Now mass lobby, which is being coordinated by campaign groups The Climate Coalition and Greener UK, will see constituents calling on their MPs to back a net zero target and to support action to protect the environment.
Daniel Hale, Head of Campaigns at CAFOD, said:
“No politician can have missed the momentum gathering in recent months for action on climate change, but if anyone was unsure of its scale, these petitions confirm it.
“Despite the current political uncertainty, the public want the government to urgently set a target of reaching net zero emissions by 2045 at the latest. Climate change won’t wait for Brexit or leadership elections.
“Setting a net zero target will not only help to protect the poorest and most vulnerable people from paying the price for our emissions but would put the UK in a position to lead the world in the shift to a low-carbon economy.
“This would be a landmark achievement for any Prime Minister, something Mrs May should secure as she approaches the final weeks of her premiership.”