Banbury Quakers and Extinction Rebellion join national call for MPs to support Climate and Ecological Emergency Bill

Banbury Quakers and members of Banbury Extinction Rebellion joined together in a national call for MPs to support the Climate and Ecological Emergency Bill (CEE Bill).

Tuesday, 30th March 2021, 11:06 am
Banbury Quakers and members of Banbury Extinction Rebellion joined together in a national call for MPs to support the Climate and Ecological Emergency Bill (CEE Bill). Banner hung outside the business Nothing but Footprints in Castle Quay.

The Climate and Ecological Emergency Bill was introduced in order to provide a way forward for government to tackle the climate emergency and biodiversity loss.

If adopted, it would oblige current and future governments to work to keep the temperature rise within 1.5 degrees, beyond which we risk runaway climate change. It would also require the government to protect and restore ecosystems such as woodlands, which remove CO2 from the atmosphere.

On Friday March 26 many organisations took part in a nation-wide CEE bill banner drop. The 26th marked the date that the bill was due to be debated in parliament.

Unfortunately due to the pandemic, Friday sittings have been suspended and the bill wasn't debated.

Jill Oakes, who helped to put up the Banbury banner at Nothing but Footprints in Castle Quay, said: "The banner drop and twitter storm were organised to elevate the bill to the top of MPs’ agenda. We are in the middle of a climate crisis and need our government to act now!"

Maria Huff, clerk of the Banbury Quakers, said: "Although, the weather prevented us putting up this banner outside on Friday morning, Banbury Quakers stand with the call to back the Climate and Ecological Emergency Bill, and have written to Victoria Prentis asking that she support this very important discussion in Parliament."