Glenfinnan site of weekend climate crisis banner protest

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Local activists Andrew Squire and Kate Willis unfurl the banner at Glenfinnan on Sunday which called for support for the new bill to tackle the climate and ecological crisis. NO-F13-Glenfinnan-banner.jpg

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As part of a nationwide action tomorrow (Friday), members of the Climate and Ecological Emergency(CEE) Bill Lochaber group raised a banner in Glenfinnan at the weekend calling on Westminster MPs to back the CEE Bill.

A spokesperson for the group told the Lochaber Times it had discussed the issue with local MP Ian Blackford, who it said has already indicated his support for the bill.

‘However, we’re seeing endless reports coming out, many from the Government’s own committees, highlighting that Boris Johnson isn’t going far enough to tackle the
climate and ecological emergency,’ added the spokesperson.

‘It’s almost as if the Westminster government don’t want to recognise the huge potential that Scotland has for generating off-shore and on-shore renewable energy, and for regenerating a balanced and sustainable ecosystem.

‘The more people that write to Ian Blackford expressing support for the bill, the better.

A spokesperson for Extinction Rebellion also commented: ‘News over the last year has been understandably focused on the current pandemic and the UK’s journey out of the EU, but the climate and ecological emergency hasn’t gone away – it has been steadily ramping up in the background, as reports of melting icecaps, extreme weather, floods and  wildfires have shown.

‘The CEE bill is the clearest proposal so far and provides a mandate for the UK government to do something about the emergency beyond empty words and astroturf. We hope they have the courage and vision to pass it into law.’

Tomorrow (Friday) is the date the CEE Bill was due its second reading in the House of Commons after Greens MP Caroline Lucas presented the Bill in Parliament in September, but the pandemic impacted parliamentary process postponing the second reading.

The Bill is currently waiting for a new date to be set, but whatever happens, it will have a very low chance of progressing in this Parliament due to the sheer volume of private members’ bills lined up.

The Bill calls on the Government to take account of the UK’s entire carbon footprint, to protect nature in the UK and to prevent ecological damage along supply chains. It also establishes a citizens’ assembly to ensure that these changes are achieved in a fair and
just way.

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Local activists Andrew Squire and Kate Willis unfurl the banner at Glenfinnan on Sunday which called for support for the new bill to tackle the climate and ecological crisis.

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