• A serious plan to tackle UK’s fair share of emissions and halt global heating at 1.5°C
  • Developed by an alliance of scientists, academics, lawyers and environmentalists
  • Caroline Lucas to table the CEE Bill, co-sponsored by MPs from six parties

2 SEPTEMBER, LONDON: A landmark new Bill, drafted by an alliance of scientists, academics, lawyers and environmentalists—aiming to tackle the biggest environmental crisis of our time—will be introduced in the House of Commons today.

The transformative Climate and Ecological Emergency Bill (CEE Bill) provides a clear framework, based on scientific reality, to deliver the UK’s commitments to the 2015 UN Paris Climate Agreement and to tighten up current UK legislation.

  • The CEE Bill will ensure that the UK Government plays its fair and proper role in limiting global warming to 1.5°C, and that it actively conserves the natural world by protecting and restoring the UK’s ecosystems. 
  • An emergency Citizens’ Assembly will support the work of the Government and Parliament to create an emergency strategy, giving people a real say in the UK’s pathway to a thriving  zero-carbon society, enriched by a restored natural world.

The sponsor of the Bill, Green MP Caroline Lucas MP, said: 

“This Government needs to start showing the climate leadership it so often boasts of, and that means supporting measures in line with the scale of the crisis we face. The Climate Change Act was a good start, but it has been overtaken by the accelerating crisis, and it leaves far too many critical areas like aviation and consumption emissions unaddressed. It needs updating and strengthening. 

We face a nature crisis too, which is hampering our ability to address the climate emergency. It is absolutely vital that we tackle both at the same time. This Bill does that and rightly creates a role for a Citizens’ Assembly to work with MPs to transform our society in a just and fair way. I’m proud to sponsor it in Parliament today.”

The public is being asked to lobby their local MP to support the Bill, and call for its speedy passage through Parliament. Alongside Caroline Lucas, MPs from six parties will co-sponsor the Bill, including:

  • Alan Brown MP (Scottish National Party, Kilmarnock and Loudoun)
  • Stephen Farry MP (Alliance Party of Northern Ireland, North Down)
  • Claire Hanna MP (Social Democratic and Labour Party, Belfast South)
  • Wera Hobhouse MP (Liberal Democrats, Bath)
  • Ben Lake MP (Plaid Cymru, Ceredigion)
  • Clive Lewis MP (Labour, Norwich South)
  • Liz Saville Roberts MP (Plaid Cymru, Dwyfor Meirionnydd)
  • Tommy Sheppard MP (Scottish National Party, Edinburgh East) 
  • Zarah Sultana MP (Labour, Coventry South)
  • Nadia Whittome MP (Labour, Nottingham East)

Amy McDonnell, a co-founder of the CEE Bill Alliance, said: 

“The UK’s goal of achieving net zero by 2050, according to its own Committee on Climate Change, only gives us a ‘greater than 50%’ chance of avoiding climate catastrophe if replicated across the world. This is nowhere near good enough. According to the IPCC 2018 report, the world needs to keep heating to 1.5°C to avert disaster. The UK Government must strengthen their response. As host of the next make-or-break COP climate summit in November 2021, it’s time for the UK, a world leader, to be bold with its environmental ambitions and the CEE Bill offers the framework to do it.”

Supporter of the Bill, Kumi Naidoo, former Executive Director of Greenpeace International, said: 

"The urgency and scale of the response required to tackle the emergency facing life on Earth is in this Bill, which defines the path needed to avoid the catastrophe outlined by the UN. Based on the accepted science of the IPCC, it is farsighted and aims to protect those at risk now, and in the future."

Other supporters include the founder of 350.org, environmentalist Bill McKibbon, co-founder of the Transition Network, Rob Hopkins, and Dr James Dyke:

More information on the CEE Bill can be found at www.ceebill.uk

ENDS.

Note to Editors:

The CEE Bill has been drafted by an Alliance of scientists, academics, lawyers and members of the Big Ask campaign (which led to the Climate Change Act 2008), Power For People, and members of Extinction Rebellion.

Objectives of the Bill:

  • For the UK to do its fair share to limit global heating to 1.5°C
  • To do so, the UK must reduce its emissions drastically; take account of its entire carbon footprint, domestically and internationally; and circumscribe reliance on speculative future carbon capture technologies.

  • Conserve the natural world
  • This requires the UK to focus on restoring biodiversity, soils, natural carbon sinks; to take steps to mitigate the damage to nature caused by UK supply chains, domestically and internationally; and account for the UK’s entire ecological footprint.

  • Giving people a real say, supported by experts
  • An emergency Citizens’ Assembly working with experts will empower MPs to make tough decisions, and give ordinary people a real say, based on the science, on the pathway forward for a fair and just transition to a thriving zero-carbon society.

For media enquiries about the CEE Bill and to arrange interviews with CEE Bill Alliance spokespeople, contact Lucy Bridgewater at press@ceebill.uk