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CLIMATE crisis campaigners lobbied Parliament in their thousands today, demanding legislation to outlaw practices that cause global warming.
The Time Is Now protest was organised by the Climate Coalition and Greener UK, whose members include aid agencies such as Cafod and Oxfam, the Women’s Institute and conservation organisations such as WWF and the National Trust, on the day the Lords debate a target to cut greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050, which should pass into law this week.
Climate Coalition campaigns director Clara Goldsmith said: “The government’s decision to set a net-zero target in law was clearly a response to calls for action from voters which have grown louder and louder in recent months.
“Now we need our politicians to put policies in place to deliver on that target, as well as measures to clean up the air we breathe and the plastic in our seas.”
Former archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams led a walk of witness by faith leaders, which wove its way from Trafalgar Square to Parliament.
He warned that the 2050 net-zero target was likely to have to be reviewed in the light of new calculations on the affects of climate change.
“It may be we have to shorten that timescale and be more ambitious with some of our goals,” he said.
Chairman of the Mosques & Imams Advisory Board Imam Qari Asim said: “The urgent threat to our earth, the water, the air and living things can no longer be ignored. We can’t continue to selfishly draw on exhaustible resources.
“The time is now to move beyond mere words and implement comprehensive set of climate solutions to reverse nature’s decline.”
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