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The Chancellor is asking for ideas for his next Budget, and the planet needs YOUR help to demand a greener future.
Time is running out! The great people over at Friends of the Earth have set out a number of policies we believe will set us on a course for a greener future, and they need your support urgently to land this message. The webpage to submit ideas closes on 29th January!
Click here to submit your ideas.
Here is some inspiration...
(Feel free to copy and paste, tweak or start afresh!)
Many thanks for the public call for ideas towards your 2016 Budget.
I firmly believe that the UK’s Budget can play a significant role in building a greener future for our planet, and wanted to outline a number of policies I believe can put our country at the forefront of tackling climate change.
195 governments of the world signed the historic Paris Agreement, with the aim to rapidly reduce our greenhouse gas emissions in order to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees. David Cameron was a vocal supporter of this deal, and now our government’s pledge in Paris must be actioned, becomming policies that honour our commitments to tackling the issue of climate change.
I believe the following policies would show such a commitment:
- End tax breaks for fracking, and pledge to scrap all fossil fuel subsidies.
- Properly support all forms of renewable energy as part of a new plan to decarbonise electricity by 2030.
- Launch a major review into how the UK's finance industry can be world leaders on funding climate action, and turning the taps of finance to fossil fuels off.
- Hugely ramp up clean energy, transport, and innovation research and development funding.
- Make insulating homes a national infrastructure priority.
I’d like to call for climate change to have a high profile place in both your policies and your Budget speech. If we’re serious about tackling climate change, we need strong action now to support our commitments in Paris.
Many thanks for your time.
This will be the first major political movement in the UK since the government signed a ground-breaking deal to fight climate change alongside 194 other countries! The budget announcement will be an important moment for the government, to show just how it plans to keep its promises made in Paris.
Whilst we have seen the government take steps in the right direction by saying Goodbye Coal, there are already worrying signs that the promises made in Paris are not part of their long term plans. The Chancellor has slashed support for the solar industry, and led the UK to become the only developed country in the world to increase subsidies to the fossil fuel industry, despite a clear pledge in Paris to phase out fossil fuels...
... But now, the Chancellor is asking YOU, the lovely people of the UK, to submit ideas for his Budget. This is a fantastic opportunity to get climate back on the agenda and show that widespread support from citizens, businesses and charities for action on climate really does exist!
The form is simply a box to submit your ideas; it couldn’t be easier to lobby the Chancellor on the issue of climate change, but we need to act NOW to make an impact!
Once this is done, you're all set! And of course, if you are happy to share this with your friends, via Facebook or Twitter, that'd be the cherry on the climate action cake!
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