Monday, 2 June 2008
Ten Green Bloggers...
This evening at Westminster I hosted a meeting of 'ten green bloggers' which may start a movement which may change the future of our country.
The idea of the meeting was to bring together people who care about the environment - supporters of all political parties or of none - to think how we can use the power of the internet to mobilise people to get effective action on climate change.
Our particular focus was on getting the Government's climate change bill amended so that the target for cuts in CO2 emissions by 2050 was not the current rather modest 60% but a bolder 80% - the least that most people think is needed to avoid catastrophic climate change.
We spent the evening brainstorming and have come up with lots of ideas which we will now whittle down into some practical campaigning actions. One idea is to launch a 'canvass your MP' site where people can get their own back on politicians who knock on their door - we plan to get people to go and meet their own MP at their surgery and press for effective action on climate change. We will record on the site the responses that people are getting and identify which MPs are on board, which are sympathetic and which are hostile. We will put real power back in the hands of the people, and seek to ensure that MPs know how passionately people care about the environment.
Watch this space!
UPDATE - you can read what some of the bloggers had to say here and here;