Elections are comming on 6 May 2021 – make sure you are registered to vote for a sustainable future well in advance. This can be done entirely online, see https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote .
Also this year more than ever it’s important to get a postal vote, this tells you how – https://www.bristol.gov.uk/voting-elections/postal-voting .
For postal voting they need your signature and time to get it on the system, so the application needs to be received by 5pm 20-April. You can print the form or get it sent to you, then sign, and scan/take a pic and email or post it back. You can ask for a postal vote until further notice, so you only have to do this once (until you register somewhere else). Once it’s done they’ll send you ballot papers for every election and you’ll always have the option of voting by post or taking it to the polling station.
You might even consider lobbying to make it possible to vote online for future elections. A 2015 commission recommended that everyone should have the option to vote online by 2020, but this still hasn’t happened. This would increase the number of younger people voting. Here’s the commission’s view: http://www.digitaldemocracy.parliament.uk/chapter/10-elections-and-voting .
We need to act much faster now than when the Climate Change Act was passed in 2008, since global emissions have continued going up. That’s why the government’s ‘net zero by 2050’ target is just no longer adequate. It’s getting increasingly clear that the target of limiting warming to 1.5C is very important, as feedback mechanisms are already starting to kick in. At the same time it’s getting increasingly challenging, requiring 15%/year cuts to 2040 as illustrated by the chart, with emissions needing to more than halve by 2030. It all hinges on how we and the rest of the world pull out of the pandemic – we have the best chance ever to make a choice, lets make the right one and have a Green New Deal!
The government needs to act but people need to be on board, that’s what the new CEEbill is about: https://www.ceebill.uk/ . It proposes new targets and citizens assemblies as an essential element of achieving rapid consensual change.
A local action plan is important, and Bristol City Council is working on one.
A household plan, including these things, is also important:
Get in touch if you want to join our Climate Action Group to get involved in some group action!