UK environment politics update: From the youth to the Queen
Yesterday the Queen gave her speech to formally open Parliament. The Queen’s Speech sets out the UK government’s proposals for new laws and policies.
Included in the Queen’s Speech was the new government’s energy bill, known as the Energy Security and Green Economy Bill, from the Department for Energy and Climate Change. It is credited to the Liberal Democrat part of the UK’s coalition government, which is headed by Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron.
From a report in the Telegraph:
A big win for the Liberal Democrats and Chris Huhne, the Energy Secretary, this will seek to improve energy efficiency in homes and businesses and promote low carbon energy production. Energy supplies will also be “secured”.
According to the Guardian‘s live blog on the Queen’s Speech, this bill ‘may also regulate emissions from coal-fired power stations and create a Green Investment Bank.’
Meanwhile in the UK, environmental campaigners are implementing a new strategy amongst young activists. The UK Youth Climate Coalition (UKYCC) will enact a policy of ‘adoption’.
The plan is for a young member of each constituency to adopt a member of the UK’s parliament in order to ‘keep climate change at the top of their agenda.’
From an article in the Guardian:
Young people will be given tips about how to create compelling and convincing arguments, how to meet MPs and stop hijackings by overly talkative MPs, and how to use social media to spread their message after the meeting.
The ‘Adopt an MP’ strategy is not specifically about climate legislation, but rather concentrates on local environmental issues by having young people interact with local MPs and constituents.
by Graham Land