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Hundreds urge leaders on ecology

07 February 2014

by a staff reporter


Ed Davey MP, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change

Ed Davey MP, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change

A LETTER asking all the main political-party leaders to "speak with one voice" on the environment has been signed by hundreds of people.

The letter, which began as an initiative from a Green book group in London, says that in the next election, the public "need to know that however we vote, the climate change policies will be given the same priority".

Nearly 400 people, including several clerics - among them, the Archdeacon of Harlow, the Ven. Martin Webster, and the Diocesan Rural Officer for Chelmsford, the Revd Dr Julie Nelson - have signed the letter, which has been sent to the Conservative, Green, Labour, Liberal Democrat, and UKIP leaders by Catherine Budgett-Meakin, a member of Christian Ecology Link. Other signatories include Michael Mansfield QC and Mike Berners-Lee, an expert on carbon emissions.

The letter criticises the Government for the "almost complete absence of political debate about, or action on climate change", and says that "individual voters can do little. All we get from the politicians, the public, and the media is apathy or denial. Time is running out.

"It is a moral and ethical matter, bigger and more important than party politics."

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