Background: TOGETHER WE MAdE IT HAPPEN
200,000 people backed The Big Ask, Friends of the Earth’s pioneering climate change campaign. As a result the UK passed the world's first law to cut CO2 emissions – 80% by 2050. Together we made it happen.
Reducing carbon emissions has all kinds of benefits. These include reducing fuel poverty, protecting health and biodiversity, and creating jobs and financial security.
Leeds: Get Serious About CO2 is a campaign to lobby Leeds City Council to deliver cuts of 40% by 2020 in Leeds’ total CO2 emissions. Scientists say this is the minimum needed on our way to the 80% cuts by 2050 of the Climate Change Act. They also complement the goals of 10:10, the pledge many have taken to reduce emissions 10% in 2010. All these numbers are the interim targets needed to keep reductions on track, and deliver benefits to people and the planet sooner, not later.
Leeds Council can deliver 40% by 2020 for Leeds because of its responsibility for Housing, Energy and Transport. Other councils across the UK have already signed up to at least 40% by 2020, and their communities will soon see the benefits. If Leeds lags behind then we may lose out on these – lower fuel bills and warmer homes, more green jobs, and a stronger local economy. These documents give more information: Benefits, Paying for it.
Want to know more about the national Get Serious Campaign?