UK youth demand strong climate action ahead of 2015 elections

2015 Elections

Courtesy of: UKYCC, 2014

Youth activists took to the streets of London today to demand MPs get real on climate change ahead of the UK’s 2015 General Elections.

The group – part of the UK Youth Climate Coalition – took action outside Parliament to mark the one-year countdown to the polls open.

Francesca Carnibella, Co-Director of the UK Youth Climate Coalition said:

We are willing and able to vote in 2015 but MPs have to give us something to vote for. As the year countdown to the General Election begins, this action kick-starts a campaign to demand that MPs use the next 365 days to put young people and climate change on the top of the agenda if they want to secure our votes.

Sporting three giant clocks, the young campaigners arrived early this morning to give MPs their General Election wake-up call, launching the group’s Fight for Our Future Campaign.

Sean Robinson, UKYCC Communications Officer said:

 This campaign is about empowering young people to reclaim control of politics, which too often ignores the needs of the young just as it ignores the needs of the planet. Over the coming months we will be working across the country to mobilise young people and start constituency campaigns that demand better.

The clocks were then gifted to the headquarters of the Conservative, Labour and Liberal Democrat parties.

With government after government ignoring the threats of climate change and the scale of the climate problem, the UKYCC are demanding the issue is at the top of the agenda in 2015 and that concrete action is taken by elected representatives.

They aim to mobilise a strong youth voice for climate action, making it impossible for politicians to continue to ignore the problem.

Robinson said:

Everyone has seen the extreme weather across the globe over the past two years and the UK floods made sure that no one in this country can underestimate the importance of tackling climate change. Climate change is back on the agenda and MPs must respond to this when it comes to the General Election.

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