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Quakers speak out for climate action in the Energy Bill

Quakers in Britain are calling on the Government to tackle the UK’s climate impact and build a green and fair energy system. Quakers, along with the Church of England, Methodists, Baptists and United Reformed Church, are calling on decision makers to commit to climate action in the Energy Bill, currently going through the legislative process. The Bill will determine for years to come whether the UK commits to investment in low-carbon energy, or remains reliant on fossil fuels to produce electricity. By committing to support renewable energy, make our power system more efficient, and cut carbon, the Government could help deliver sustainable, affordable energy and create green jobs. However, the Bill has raised concerns that the government may fail to support the shift to sustainable energy.

Representatives of the churches are meeting with MPs and Lords on the issue. Faith group members have also been contacting their MPs to call on them to support improvements to the Bill.
The churches produced a joint briefing for MPs ahead of the Second Reading of the Bill in December calling for commitment to tackle climate change and create a sustainable energy economy whilst making energy affordable to all.

The campaign forms part of the commitment made by Quakers in Britain in 2011 to become a low-carbon sustainable community.

To find out how you can add your voice to the call for climate action in the Energy Bill, visit www.quaker.org.uk/speak-out or contact Chris Walker, Sustainability & Peace Programme Coordinator (chrisw@quaker.org.uk, 020 7663 1009).