Locals lobby MPs for action on Climate Change

Constituents from Eastleigh and Chandler's Ford press for decisive action

Chandler’s Ford MP Steve Brine talks climate change with Christian Aid constituents.

Residents from across Eastleigh joined thousands of people from around the UK at the ‘Time is now’ climate and environment mass lobby of Parliament yesterday (June 26).

‘The Time is Now’ was an event organised by the Climate Coalition and Greener UK, who are supported by aid agencies and environmental groups with the intention of putting pressure MPs to enact climate change policies.

A group of Christian Aid members from Chandler’s Ford first met Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury who is also the Chair of Christian Aid. The Archbishop told them that Christians should ‘stand up and be counted’ in the campaign against Climate Change. The group went on to meet with their MP, Steve Brine at Old Palace Yard to press him for decisive action on Climate change.

Steve Brine later said:

“It was a pleasure to meet many of my constituents in Westminster to discuss climate change and the environment.

The UK will be the first G20 country to implement net zero and the independent Committee on Climate Change advised that 2050 would be an achievable target for the UK but that doesn’t rule out achieving it earlier.

“As always, my constituents are generally well informed and come with sensible suggestions and questions as part of a lobby. It was lovely to have them all in Westminster.”

Campaigner’s from the Eastleigh constituency were unable to meet MP Mims Davies who, as the Minister for Sport and Civil Society, was busy on ministerial business. But the MP issued the following statement:

As Eastleigh’s MP, more people write to me about animals and the environment – as well as tackling queues on our local roads to improve air quality – than anything else, and I absolutely agree that tackling climate change, safeguarding the environment, recovering nature and improving the air that we all breathe must be a priority.”

The lobby comes just days Eastleigh Borough Council announced they are set to follow Hampshire County Council’s lead in declaring a Climate Emergency.

The ongoing debate regarding climate change continues as the public demands urgent action is taken to combat the crisis.

Eastleigh constituents take their climate campaign to Winchester.