Obviously in a short 6 week election period we were not expecting all the candidates to have time to respond but of the candidates in all 5 constituencies 29% of candidates responded.
Dear General Election Candidate,
During this general election you will be asked to clarify your position on a range of issues that affect people now and in the future. No issue is more important than tackling the linked emergencies facing our climate and our natural environment. In recent months we have seen multiple international and UK scientific reports setting out the details of the challenge, the causes and the actions we must all take.
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change found that we have now barely 11 years to take far reaching and fundamental action to tackle climate change in order to keep global warming below 2 degrees. In reality, this means taking urgent policy action within 18 months to ensure we are finally on the right trajectory to meet this essential target.
The Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services found that one million species are at risk of extinction due to 5 human activities: land use, direct exploitation of organisms, climate change, pollution and the spread of invasive species. The report stated:
“We are eroding the very foundations of our economies, livelihoods, food security, health and quality of life worldwide.”