On 26 June, CPRE supporters were among an estimated 12,000 people who came from all over the United Kingdom to call for political action on the climate emergency facing our environment, because climate breakdown and the resulting damage to nature pose the greatest threat to the countryside we all love.
The mass lobby was co-organised by The Climate Coalition and Greener UK and saw supporters of nearly 150 different groups descend on Westminster to speak to their MP about the protection of the environment, and tackling climate change.
CPRE supporters spoke to their MPs about the key role the countryside can play in meeting the challenges posed by climate change. This includes addressing car dependency and improving public transport to reduce carbon emissions in a way that benefits rural communities; dropping the government’s proposals to fast-track fracking; and ensuring that new homes are built to the highest levels of energy efficiency, with existing homes suitably retrofitted.
We also used the opportunity to call on the government to introduce goals to stop soil degradation and implement an ambitious deposit return system to provide a simple solution to recycling confusion.
Over 300 MPs from across the political spectrum took part, with many of them treated to a rickshaw ride across the Thames to greet their constituents lined up along the banks of the river - surely one of the strangest sights to grace Westminster in recent years!