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With just over a week until our country goes to the polls, we wanted to remind the leaders of the three major political parties of the urgency in tackling climate change – whoever wins on the 7th May. You can take it from us ice cream guys, that “if it’s melted, it’s ruined”, which is not only true for the ice caps, but now also our potential prime minister!
The three ‘melting leaders’ featured in our installation had made a pre-election pledge to jointly tackle climate change, a move we applauded here at Ben & Jerry’s UK HQ. Whilst much of the pledge was already agreed in policy, it meant no future government could back out of this good commitment to tackle climate change.
What has been disappointing since this pledge, is the lack of attention climate change has received during the election narrative. Whilst the election will not be won or lost on climate policy, the key issues facing the country should still be given the right airtime within the many (many!) speeches, articles and social media posts from the major political parties.
In the recent TV debate between the seven leaders of political parties (lasting 90 minutes!), the term climate change was referenced just once, by Natalie Bennett of the Green Party. During a 90 minute debate about our country’s future, we firmly believe that climate change should have been discussed! If we don’t act now don’t act now to stop climate change, there won’t be any economy, NHS or border control to debate about.
To see how all the main parties standing in next week’s election differ on climate, check out this handy chart from the lovely people over at The Climate Brief ...
You can sign up to come and talk to your new MP about climate change on 17th June here, and take action now by signing our petition to call on global leaders to shift to 100% renewable energy by 2050 (link).
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