A coalition of charities and environmental campaign groups is lobbying the UK government’s Minister for Climate Change, Greg Barker MP, ahead of the international climate change conference to be held in Durban, South Africa, this coming week.
The minister has been asked to attend a question and answer session in his Bexhill constituency, where there will also be a screening of a film drawing links between local climate change action and global issues.
The event is part of African Climate Connection, a coordinated national campaign which will see dozens of local groups organising African-themed events during the first week of the United Nations climate talks, from 26 November to 3 December 2011.
Climate campaigners are calling for the Government to take a clear lead at the climate talks by ensuring more finance is made available for developing countries - to adapt to the effects of climate change, develop low carbon economies and protect forests.
Barbara Echlin of Christian Ecology Link commented: “Asking Mr Barker questions on the role the United Kingdom plays in the UN climate negotiations is a chance to let him know that we, his constituents, want him to show strong leadership in Durban. We want agreement on legally binding international cuts in carbon emissions at a level adequate to stop catastrophic climate change. And to have such a deal in place by 2015.”
The Bexhill event is being convened by a mix of local branches of national charities and agencies, and locally based groups. These include Bexhill Environmental Group, CAFOD and Christian Aid, Christian Ecology Link, Fairtrade Bexhill, Friends of the Earth, Operation Noah, Rother Environmental Group, Tearfund, United Nations Association and the World Development Movement.
* The African Connection: http://www.the-african-connection.org 
* Christian Ecology Link: http://www.christian-ecology.org.uk