Sue has written to the Prime Minister, Theresa May, following the Youth Climate Strike on 15th March 2019.
Sue attended the strike on Cockermouth Main Street, at the invitation of Isabella Bridgman of Cockermouth School, to show her support for their commitment to urging government to work to tackle dangerous climate change and to protect communities across Britain from its effects.
The young people have four clear demands of legislators and decision makers:
- That the Government declares a climate emergency and prioritise the protection of life on Earth, taking active steps to achieve climate justice.
- That the National Curriculum is reformed to address the ecological crisis as an educational priority.
- That the Government communicates the severity of the ecological crisis and the necessity to act now to the general public.
- That the Government recognises that young people have the biggest stake in our future, by incorporating youth views into policy making and reducing the voting age to 16.
In her letter, Sue said:
“I was incredibly disappointed in 2016 when one of your first acts after taking office as Prime Minister was to abolish the Department for Energy and Climate Change. I would be grateful if you could set out your plans to ensure that Britain meets its targets under the Paris Agreement.
“A changing climate is already affecting constituencies like mine through more frequent incidences of flooding from rivers and the seas. It is clear that we do not have time to waste.
“It is critical that we do not allow the issue of climate change to disappear from the political agenda. We need ambitious targets in place and must decarbonise our economy and our infrastructure. The future of our planet is at stake, and we cannot stand idly by.
“I await your urgent response so that I can assure young people in my constituency that the Government is taking this issue seriously.”