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GE19: Climate Pledges… 9 December 2019

General election: Which parliamentary candidates have made climate pledges? via edie.net

By edie newsroom

Of the 3,006 individuals running to be elected as MPs at next week’s general election, more than one–third have pledged to consider climate impacts in every vote they would cast in Parliament. But which parties have been most keen to take up the commitment?

Facilitated by campaign group Friends of the Earth, the pledge calls for candidates to support measures to rapidly decarbonise the UK economy if they are elected.

Specifically, signatories publicly commit themselves to “making the climate crisis central to how they vote in Parliament” – a measure similar to that unveiled by the New Zealand Government at COP25 in Madrid this week.  

Friends of the Earth has been encouraging those running for election to take the pledge for several weeks, and yesterday (5 December) made the results to date publicly available.

The publication comes after a separate study found that two–thirds of the UK population will factor climate issues into the way they vote in the 12 December general election.

With this in mind, edie takes a look – by party – at which candidates have heeded the changing climate–related demands of the public and taken the Friends of the Earth pledge.  

Friends of the Earth is ultimately aiming for all Parliamentary candidates to take the pledge, in the hopes of making sure strong climate policies are delivered no matter which party is in power.

“The public wants climate action and it’s encouraging to see so many parliamentary candidates paying attention, but we need them all to take the climate crisis seriously,” the organisation’s climate campaigner Muna Suleiman said.

“The climate crisis is having dire impacts around the world, including on communities right here in the UK who are facing extreme flooding, heatwaves, wildfires and more. This will only get worse if the next government doesn’t step up to stop further climate breakdown.”

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