CLIMATE concerned residents in Stratford are continuing to lobby MP Nadhim Zahawi to back a new climate bill.
Members from Extinction Rebellion, Stratford Climate Action and Friends of the Earth have been holding vigil outside the MP’s office for a number of weeks. They post letters urging Mr Zahawi to support the Climate and Ecological Emergency Bill which aims to garner action against climate change, recognise damage caused by consumption and to give local people a voice.
The private members bill – meaning it is introduced by non-ministerial MPs and Lords – is backed by scientists, academics and lawyers.
Campaigners say supportive residents have inspired them to continue the vigils, which are followed by a walk through town with flags and placards, every week until the second reading of the bill in March.
They aim to influence the MP, who as business minister is at the top table for political decision making, and gather support from constituents while speaking to them during their demonstrations.
A spokeswoman said: “We ask people to contact Mr Zahawi, to ask him to support this bill that will legally require this and subsequent governments to the deal with the climate and ecological emergency, in a manner appropriate to the seriousness of the crisis.
“We as concerned residents know that this is the most serious situation facing humanity. We know the clock is ticking and time is running out for governments to take action to decarbonise and restore ecology in order to prevent tipping points being triggered resulting in the dire consequences of runaway global warming.”
The next demonstration will take place this Saturday (October 17) outside Stratford Methodist Church in Old Town at 12pm