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What’s the plan for climate justice?

As part of the Paris Agreement, the UK must submit a more ambitious climate plan, or NDC (Nationally Determined Contribution) before the end of 2020.  

These NDCs will indicate how each country is going to help keep global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees. The combined plans submitted in 2015 are nowhere near ambitious enough, and in fact set the world on course to warm by 3 degrees, which would be catastrophic for people and planet. That’s why all countries must now submit an updated, more ambitious plan.  

It’s really important that the UK sets the right ambition for two reasons:

  • As the 6th largest emitter of greenhouse gas emissions since the start of the Industrial Revolution, the UK has contributed disproportionately to the climate crisis and therefore bears a responsibility to lead the world in ambitious action to address the crisis.
  • The UK government will be the President of the UN climate talks taking place in Glasgow in November 2021 - COP26. Given its pivotal position in the talks, the UK Government’s national plan could help set the bar for other countries’ plans. 

The plan is being developed right now, and we need MPs to make it clear that the plan must be robust enough to meet the challenge that we face. To set the world on a path to keeping global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees, it is critical that the UK NDC commits to an ambitious target for cutting emissions by 2030, solely through domestic action and bases its target on the scientific evidence provided by the Committee on Climate Change.

Please email or write to your MP now and ask them to write to Boris Johnson about the UK climate plan

You can find out who your MP is by going to theyworkforyou.com and typing in your postcode.  

Here’s some tips to help with your message:

  • Keep it short and to the point. 
  • Make it personal. Explain why climate justice is so important to you.  
  • Make the connection between local and global. A decent climate plan will help create jobs in the UK, helping the recovery from corona virus as well as tackling the global injustice of the climate crisis.  
  • Make sure you ask them to do something specific – in this case writing to the Prime Minister, copying in Alok Sharma as Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.  
  • There is an MP briefing here that you should enclose with your message.  
  • Remember to include your name and full address so that your MP know that you live in their constituency.

Please let us know if you write to your MP, and especially if you hear back from them, by emailing David Thomas at dthomas@christian-aid.org.