Andrew Gwynne, MP for Denton and Reddish, proudly wore a green heart as part of The Climate Coalition’s Show The Love campaign because he wants to protect the people, places, and lives he loves from climate change.
The campaign celebrates the things that could be lost if we do not act to tackle climate change: from beaches to bees, cricket to coffee. A recent report from The Climate Coalition warned that a population the combined size of Birmingham and Manchester could face a substantial flood risk. In light of Storm Ciara, the report pointed out that climate change has made extreme rainfall in the UK 40% more likely. This is an issue that can no longer be ignored.
Last year, the UK was the first major economy in the world to set a net zero emissions target. This would end the UK’s contribution to climate change in a generation, but it is currently a long way away from being met. Policies are needed to boost public transport and active travel, expand renewable generation, and restore and revitalise natural landscapes.
Andrew Gwynne MP said:
“The impacts of climate change are getting more and more difficult to ignore. We must put policies in place to ensure that our legally binding net zero target is met.
“I am proud to wear my green heart and Show The Love with The Climate Coalition for all the things that we love and need to protect from climate change.
“I want to leave a cleaner and greener world for future generations that we can all be proud of.”
Clara Goldsmith, Director of Campaigns at The Climate Coalition, said:
“In the past year, we’ve seen the impacts of climate change right on our doorstep. We saw record-breaking temperatures in February and a heatwave in July, torrential downpours causing flash flooding, and iconic landscapes like Saddleworth Moor burning.
“This year, we’ve also seen concern about climate change reach an all-time high as people from all corners of the country used their voices to call for more urgent action.
“A future where the UK no longer contributes to climate change is within reach. We can clean up the air we breathe. We can have warmer homes powered by cleaner, cheaper energy. We can restore our green spaces and make it easier for Brits to live in a cleaner, greener world that future generations can enjoy.”