News Release: Horley Town Council supports the Climate & Ecology Bill

At its Full Council meeting held on 12 December 2023, Horley Town Council unanimously pledged to support the Climate and Ecology Bill promoted by Zero Hour.

Though the UK has a record of environmental legislation, from the Climate Change Act 2008 to the 2050 Target Amendment Order 2019, there is a gap between what is currently being delivered—and what the Government needs to do to act in line with the latest science.

The Climate and Ecology Bill, or CE Bill, would:

1) Provide a clear, joined-up plan—as the crises in climate and nature are deeply intertwined, requiring a plan that considers both together.

2) Reduce UK emissions in line with the Paris Agreement—ensuring that UK emissions are reduced rapidly, for the best chance of limiting warming to 1.5°C.

3) Halt and reverse the decline in nature—setting nature measurably on the path to recovery by 2030, as agreed at COP15.

4) Ensure that the UK takes responsibility for our overseas footprint—both emissions and ecological.

5) Involve the public—giving people a say in finding a fair way forward through a ‘climate and nature assembly’.

We have written to our local MP Claire Coutinho to encourage her to consider supporting the bill.


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