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Petition Hold a referendum to decide if the UK should commit to Carbon Neutrality by 2030

We are asking that the government hold a national referendum to ask whether or not the UK should bring forward its target of net-neutrality to 2030. This may follow a similar framework as the 2050 target. The referendum would set the option of having neutrality by 2030 or keeping the current target.

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While a referendum is not legally binding, a large proportion of our country in favour of net neutrality would demonstrate that the government's priorities should lay with protecting the environment and halting climate change. Our current target for 2050 is a valuable step, but the sentiment behind the target will be futile if we don't achieve net neutrality sooner. We aren't asking for an immediate commitment - we are simply asking that the question is put to the nation to decide.

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Tell MPs what you think about the Climate Assembly’s recommendations for net-zero emissions

MPs from six select committees of the House of Commons joined together to set up a citizens’ assembly on climate change to look at how the UK should reach its commitment to reach net zero carbon emissions by 2050.
 
The Climate Assembly UK brought together 108 people from across the UK. Together they were representative of the wider UK population in terms of age, gender, ethnicity, educational level, where in the UK they live, whether they live in an urban or rural area, and how concerned they are about climate change.
 
They worked together to create recommendations to Government.

How can you help? 

MPs want to know what you and your communities think about the recommendations made by the assembly.

Discuss these questions with your school, workplace, family or community group and submit a joint response. It’s a great opportunity to hear others’ views on these issues and to share the outcomes of your discussions with MPs.

Share your answers via this online survey: https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/A464RU/

Please return your responses by Friday 20th November 2020.  

Read more about the Assembly and its recommendations: https://www.ukparliamentweek.org/en/blog/tell-the-climate-assembly-what-your-group-thinks-about-their-recommendations/

Information provided in the survey will be used to inform the select committees’ ongoing work on net zero greenhouse gas emissions.  

What is a Select Committee?

Select Committees are cross-party groups of MPs. They are independent of the Government. 
 
Find out how Select Committees work: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o_2RDuDs44c

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