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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 Change ?"

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    :

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 :-



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