Climate & Ecology Bill

Deal Town Council has signed up to support Zero Hour, the campaign for the Climate and Ecology Bill, formerly the CEE Bill.

There is irreversible climate change, the impacts of which are being felt in the UK, and around the world. The global temperature has already increased by 1.2°C above pre-industrial levels and—alongside this—the natural world has reached crisis point, with 28% of plants and animals threatened with extinction. In fact, the UK is one of the most nature-depleted countries in the world as more than one in seven of our plants and animals face extinction, and more than 40% are in decline.

The Climate & Ecology Bill, a private member’s bill currently before the House of Commons, seeks to address the challenges that this situation poses by creating a whole-of-government approach to deliver a net zero and nature positive future.

Based on the latest science, the Bill aims to align current UK environmental policy with the need to halt and reverse nature loss by 2030, which was goal agreed to at COP15 and reduce greenhouse gas emissions in line with a fair share of the remaining global carbon budget to give the strongest chance of limiting global heating to 1.5C, which was the goal agreed to at COP21.

By bridging the gap between the UK Government’s current delivery, and what has been agreed at international levels, Britain has a chance to be a world leader on the environment; seizing the opportunities of the clean energy transition, including green jobs and reduced energy bills; and boosting the UK’s food and energy security.

The Bill has been introduced in the UK Parliament on four occasions since 2020, including most recently in the House of Commons 10 May 2023. The Bill is backed by 168 cross-party MPs and Peers, 237 local authorities, alongside the support of eminent scientists, environmental NGOs, businesses and 30,000 members of the public.

The Bill would require the UK Government to develop and deliver a new environmental strategy, which would include:

1. Delivering a joined-up environmental plan, as the crises in climate and nature are deeply intertwined, requiring a plan that considers both together.

2. Reducing emissions in line with 1.5C, ensure emissions are reduced rapidly, for the best change of limiting warming to 1.5C.

3. Not only halting, but also reversing the decline in nature, setting nature measurably on the path to recovery by 2030.

4. Taking responsibility for our overseas footprint, both emissions and ecological.

5. Prioritising nature in decision making and ending fossil fuel production and imports as rapidly as possible.

6. Ensuring that no-one is left behind, by providing for retraining for people currently working in fossil fuel industries.

7. Giving people a say in finding a fair way forward through an independent and temporary Climate and Nature Assembly, representative of the UK population, an essential tool for bringing public opinion along with the unprecedented pace of change required.

Zero Hour is the campaign for the Climate and Ecology Bill, a plan for a new UK law that addresses climate change, global warming, and the nature crisis in line with the most up-to-date science. The Bill is the only proposed legislation before the UK Parliament that ensures a comprehensive joined up approach to the emergency.

The Chairperson of the Environment Committee has written to Zero Hour, the organisers of the cross-party campaign for the Climate and Ecology Bill expressing Deal Town Council’s support.