CHRISTIAN ECOLOGY LINK PRESS RELEASE 3 April 2010
Ask the Climate Question
Christian Ecology Link are pleased to announce their participation in
the "Ask the Climate Question" pre-Election campaign, launched by the
Stop Climate Chaos Coalition.
In our regular electronic newsletter to our members, we will be sending
out news on election events, plus some sample questions they can ask in
their own areas, whether they are marginal seats or not.
We recommend that everybody concerned about Climate Change should try
to make it a top priority issue with candidates and their parties,
both in the local and General Elections.
1. Christian Ecology Link have an "Ask the Climate Question" webpage :-
2. What is "Ask the Climate Question" ?
In the run up to the Local and General Elections this Spring, a large
coalition of campaigning groups and development agencies are asking
questions about Climate Change, everywhere.
The basic strategy of the "Ask the Climate Question" (ACQ) campaign is
to use every opportunity to ask prospective Councillors and Members of
Parliament, "what are you and your Party going to do about Climate
3. The Context
With the recent spectacular failure of the United Nations Conference
in Copenhagen, we still do not have a global treaty, which could guide
sound governance on making the expensive and wide-reaching transition
to a Low Carbon Economy.
Whichever people are elected to decision-making roles this year, we
need Climate Change to be in the top five key policy issues. We want
candidates to commit to actions that we can hold them to when elected.
We want those in charge of economic development to commit to "green"
procurement of Low Carbon goods and services. We want funds to be
directed to alleviating the poverty caused by Climate Change damages
and Energy costs, at home and abroad.
4. Take Action
During the next month or so, Local Party and Parliamentary Candidates
will be knocking on doors, kissing babies, gladhanding town dignitaries
and appearing at hustings debates. This is our chance to make Climate
Change the most talked-about issue.
By sticking the pink ACQ bubble in your window to alert the candidates
that you will be asking about Climate Change, they can be prepared
when you open the door to them.
For every issue that a candidate raises, Ask the Climate Question. If
they ask you if they can count on your support, Ask the Climate
Question. If they talk about crime, standards in public life,
immigration, the Economy, jobs, taxes and deficits in the public
budget, Ask the Climate Question.
5. The Strategy
The Stop Climate Chaos Coalition have organised people to be most
active in the “marginal” constituencies, where voting could go any
which way. There are hustings and other events already taking place
across the country.
There is an area coordinator in each marginal constituency to help
with setting up and attending election events where we can all Ask the
Climate Question together.
Please contact Fiona Dear at Stop Climate Chaos :-
Telephone : 0207 802 99 89
e-mail : email@example.com
to sign up to the regular newsletter and to find the coordinator
for your area. If there isn’t an Ask the Climate Question coordinator
in your area, please volunteer to help.
If you are not in a marginal constituency, please find out if you are
near one and go and Ask the Climate Question there. Be active in your
own area, too, as all votes count !
6. Special Note to Participants
Please keep your campaigning clean and evenhanded. Remember that Stop
Climate Chaos is a non-partisan campaigning organisation - we do not
favour one political party or candidate over another.
7. Internet Resources
For more information and to download your own own Pink Bubble poster,
follow these links :-