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Clegg urged to put climate change at heart of negotiations

International development agency Christian Aid is urging Nick Clegg to put climate change at the heart of any deal which allows the formation of a new government.

In the second leaders’ debate on 22 April Nick Clegg said he wanted this country to lead on climate change, describing it as ‘the biggest challenge of all’.

Melanie Ward, senior UK political advisor at Christian Aid said: ‘These negotiations are the first true test of whether Clegg is really committed to stopping catastrophic climate change. 

Tough action to halt climate change and deal with its effects must be at the heart of any political deal.’

Nick Clegg stuntThe Liberal Democrats’ manifesto contains clear and detailed promises to deal with climate change and the front cover pledges to make ‘Britain greener’. 

Ensuring these pledges are at the heart of any deal with either the Conservatives or Labour would not only help create green jobs in the UK, but would also help some of the poorest people in the world cope with the devastating impacts that climate change is already having on their lives.

Extracts on climate change from the Liberal Democrats’ manifesto:

  • Liberal Democrats are committed to securing a legally binding global agreement on limiting the increase in global temperatures to below 1.7 degrees Celsius.

  • We will press the EU to promote the transition to a low-carbon economy in Europe, by moving unilaterally and immediately to an EU emissions reduction target of 30 per cent by 2020, adopting new long-term targets and policies for clean energy and energy efficiency; and to expand investment in energy technology innovation, within Europe and internationally.

  • Liberal Democrats will ensure that the developing world is prepared to deal with the consequences of a changing climate. We will ensure that adaptation and mitigation measures are financed by industrialised nations on top of existing aid commitments.

‘Nick Clegg has talked about his commitment to go green, now is the time for him to put those words into action,’ added Ward.

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For further information contact Karen Lobo-Morell on 020 7523 2404 or klobomorell@christian-aid.org

Notes to Editor:

1. Christian Aid works in some of the world's poorest communities in nearly 50 countries. We act where the need is greatest, regardless of religion, helping people build the life they deserve.

2. Climate change is already depriving poor people in many developing countries of their livelihoods.  Christian Aid believes that it must urgently be tackled, in order to help achieve a world free of poverty.  Our new drive, Poverty Over, explains what we believe needs to be done – and can be done – to end global poverty.  Details at www.christianaid.org.uk

3. Christian Aid is a member of the Stop Climate Chaos Coalition, made up of more than 100 organisations with 11 million supporters.

4. Follow Christian Aid's newswire on Twitter: http://twitter.com/caid_


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