More than 100 local authorities and councils have publicly backed the Climate and Ecological Emergency (CEE) Bill, which is set to be debated in Parliament next month and calls for the UK to do more to tackle its contribution to the climate crisis. The CEE Bill has been spearheaded in Parliament by Green Party MP Caroline Lucas and would see the UK go beyond its 2050 net-zero target by accounting for its entire carbon footprint – domestically and overseas. At present, international shipping and aviation are excluded from calculations, for example. The Bill would also bind policymakers to prioritise existing climate solutions over emerging technologies, as recommended by Project Drawdown and Chatham House, and to give greater powers to the citizens’ assembly on climate change. In just under a year, 104 councils have now pledged their support to the Bill and are encouraging Government officials to pass it into law. The Bill was tabled by a group of MPs in June and is scheduled for its Second Reading in the House of Commons in September.
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