City's support for MP as he calls for action on climate change

October 20, 2009 1:47 PM
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Cambridge residents have given their support to the city's MP David Howarth as he prepares to call on the government to make a real commitment to beating climate change.

Emails have been pouring in to Mr Howarth's constituency office, giving support for his vote tomorrow (Wednesday) in a Liberal Democrat led debate in the House of Commons on climate change.

Mr Howarth and his Lib Dem colleagues will urge the government to sign up to the national 10:10 Campaign with a commitment to achieving a 10 per cent reduction in carbon emissions by the end of 2010.

The motion, led by Liberal Democrat Shadow Energy and Climate Change Secretary, Simon Hughes, makes a vital promise to tackle climate change nationally ahead of the Copenhagen summit in December when world leaders will seek a global agreement to address the crisis.

Mr Howarth, who has personally signed up to the 10:10 Campaign, said: "I have been encouraged by the tremendous support I have received from the people of Cambridge for this important debate.

"This vote is an opportunity for the government and Parliament to send a powerful signal around the world of their commitment to meet this unprecedented crisis head on.

"Until now, the government has failed consistently to take the serious action needed to prevent this crisis. Now there is an opportunity to stop talking about the issue and show real commitment, ahead of the Copenhagen summit. It is vital that we prove to the country and nations across the globe that the government takes this crisis extremely seriously and is ready to act."

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