November 2020 - With a year to go until the UK hosts COP26, Business Declares today announced its support of the Climate and Ecological Emergency Bill (CEE Bill). 

The CEE Bill, which was officially published in the Commons on 2 November, offers the UK Government a viable framework for climate action based on scientific reality. Drafted by an alliance of scientists, academics, lawyers and environmentalists, it aims to ensure the UK plays its fair and proper role in limiting global heating to 1.5°C, and conserves the natural world by restoring essential ecosystems.

A temporary, emergency Citizens’ Assembly is also proposed by the Bill, in order to assist the UK Government determine which policies to include in its emergency strategy to reduce emissions and protect nature. The Assembly will help MPs to take the necessary actions, and empower ordinary people to have a real say in a just transition to a zero-carbon society, enriched by a thriving natural world. 

Fiona Ellis, Director, Business Declares, said, “The CEE Bill is one of the most radical and farsighted pieces of legislation to have been tabled before Parliament, and it seeks to address the gravest crisis faced by humanity and deserves to be debated. We are in the midst of a global pandemic, sparked by environmental degradation and the subsequent recession and financial crisis is demonstrating the fragility of our global economic system. 

“The delayed COP26, now to be held in 2021 will be co-chaired by the UK, as such we have the ability to set the scale and scope of what is required. To achieve the action required there must be an agreed aim, a common goal - across all of society, civil, political and business. The CEE Bill does this which is why it is being supported by a growing list of businesses.” 

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. We hugely welcome support from Business Declares to build awareness and raise the profile of the climate emergency amongst the business community.”

In recognition of the one year countdown until COP26, the Bill’s primary sponsor Caroline Lucas MP, ecological economist Prof. Tim Jackson, former Greenpeace International Director Kumi Naidoo, and economist Prof. Kate Raworth joined a virtual panel discussion hosted by the CEE Bill Alliance and chaired by Baroness Boycott on 9 November https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=56IZUFh9p4o&t=3s

-ENDS-

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About Business Declares

Business Declares exists to inspire, encourage and accelerate action within business to address the climate, ecological and social emergency.  Along with encouraging businesses to declare a climate emergency, we convene dialogues to explore challenging dilemmas and advocate for the change we need to avert a climate, ecological and social crisis.

Business Supporters

Bates Wells LLP, The Body Shop, dRMM Architects (Stirling prize winners), Ecology Building Society, The Ecotricity Group, Naturesave Insurance, People Tree, Positive Luxury, Sally McCombie Consulting, Volans, Wholegrain Digital, 

Contact

For further information please contact Fiona Ellis, Director Business Declares on 07711-671137

About the CEE Bill

The CEE Bill has been developed with members of the successful ‘Big Ask’ campaign that led to the Climate Change Act 2008; Power for People; and members of Extinction Rebellion with contributions from eminent scientists, academics and lawyers. The campaign for the CEE Bill launched August 2020, with its introduction to Parliament in September 2020. 

See here for a briefing note on the CEE Bill.

Aims of the Bill

The CEE Bill was drafted by scientists, lawyers and academics, and sets a viable pathway for the UK to tackle the climate emergency by:

  1. Requiring the government to ensure that the UK reduces greenhouse gas emissions in line with its legally-binding international obligations to limit global heating to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels
  2. Requiring the government to protect and restore habitats, woodlands, wetlands and the wider natural world
  3. Establishing a representative citizens’ assembly to involve people from all parts of the UK in deciding which policies are needed to avoid irreversible environmental damage

Contact

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