Why do we need the Climate and Ecological  

Emergency Bill? 

More floods, droughts, heatwaves… The world around us is changing.  And it’s going to get worse. But if we act now, we can turn this crisis  around and build a stronger, better society. The Climate and Ecological  Emergency (CEE) Bill makes that possible. It’s a plan for a new law that  has been presented to the UK Parliament.  

Reducing emissions. The CEE Bill makes sure the UK does its bit to  keep global heating down to 1.5°C, which gives us a chance to avoid the  worst impacts of climate change. This means cutting down greenhouse  gas emissions really fast. 

Protecting the natural world. The Bill conserves and restores wildlife  and the places we love. Doing this also removes some of the carbon  dioxide we’ve put into the atmosphere – because woodlands, healthy  soils and plant life all absorb carbon. It’s a win-win. 

Joining up our approach. The Bill recognises the connections between  the climate and nature crises. Other new UK legislation deals with  them separately and does not provide the overarching framework we  need for the scale of action required. 

Taking responsibility. The Bill makes sure we don’t push our  

responsibilities for climate and nature onto other countries. From our  food to our phones, many of the emissions we cause are produced in  other countries – and we don’t currently account for them in our laws.  The same applies to the impact we have on the natural world in getting  those products to the UK.

Building consensus. Weaning ourselves off fossil fuels means big  changes. So it’s important that everyone is on board with them. That’s  why the Bill also calls for a climate assembly to help Government and  Parliament develop an emergency strategy on the way forward. 

Who is calling for the CEE Bill? 

The Bill was introduced as a Private Member’s Bill in Parliament by  Caroline Lucas on 2 September 2020. So far it has been backed by  over 100 MPs from eight different political parties. It is supported  by thousands of campaigners across the country, as well as a broad  

alliance of businesses and organisations including The Co-operative  Bank, Greenpeace and Oxfam. The CEE Bill is also backed by leading  academics and scientists such as Kate Raworth and Prof. Joanna Haigh.  See a full list of supporting organisations and MPs here. 

What is the campaign strategy? 

We are currently the only environmental campaign that is mobilising  thousands of people and communities across the country to push  for new legislation while also carrying out a campaign in Parliament.  It’s an approach that has been used successfully by groups such as  Power for People, as well as during the Big Ask campaign, which led  to the Climate Change Act 2008. The campaign is coordinated by a  central team, who connect up the work of grassroots activists, allied  organisations and direct engagement with parliamentarians. 

A big opportunity for the UK 

2021 is a crucial year for the planet. In November, the UK is co-hosting  the UN Climate Change Conference in Glasgow (known as COP26).  The conference has to be a success if we are to address the crisis. As  co-host, the UK has a key role to play in getting all countries to commit  to ambitious plans to reduce emissions. That means it has to lead by  example. The CEE Bill is an opportunity for the UK Government to do  just that because it breaks new ground in how countries address the  emergency – it’s a blueprint that can be used around the world. 

Resources 

  • The CEE Bill in less than two minutes – by contributing scientist  Charlie Gardner.  
  • Frequently asked questions about the Bill and parliamentary process (coming soon). 
  • The news section of our website gives more information on campaign developments. 
  • Visit the CEE Bill Alliance YouTube page, which includes videos of  a number of events and debates about the Bill.