200k lobbied for climate change bill

Some 200,000 people got in touch with their MPs to urge them to support the Climate Change Bill, which the House of Commons overwhelmingly voted for, according to UNICEF UK.

The children's charity congratulated MPs on passing what it called the "world's strongest piece of national climate change legislation".

Under the terms of the bill, which was amended right up to the last minute, the UK is committed to cutting emissions by 80 per cent by 2050.

Included in those calculations will be the aviation and shipping sectors, which were not included until a late amendment was added by the government.

Both the increased target and the inclusion of the heavy polluting industries had been lobbied for by organisations and individuals in what UNICEF UK called a "triumph of public campaigning."

Lucy Stone, the organisation's climate change project manager, said UNICEF UK got involved in lobbying because the impact of climate change would hit "the world's poorest children first and worst".

She added: "We congratulate the Government on this groundbreaking piece of legislation and will continue our lobbying to make sure these targets translate into national and global action."

Another important bill coming up for a vote is the Energy Bill, which has been amended to include above-market payments for small-scale generation of the sort people might install on their properties.

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