Copenhagen: a response to our petition

Back in December thousands of us signed a petition urging Gordon Brown to seek a fair, ambitious and binding deal at the Copenhagen summit. We delivered the petition to Downing Street, and now we’ve received a response from Joan Ruddock MP, a minister in the Department of Energy and Climate Change.

In her letter the minister warmly thanks us for having taken action in the run-up to Copenhagen. Pressure from thousands of us around the world made sure that no leader could afford not to be engaged with climate change. The same pressure also helped to secure the commitments to funding for developing countries that were made during the conference.

Although the outcome of the Copenhagen summit was disappointing, without our intervention it might have been worse. It’s a timely reminder of the difference that acting together to challenge the people in power makes.

Now it’s important that we keep the pressure up, not only for a global deal, but for positive steps towards a low carbon UK. 38 Degrees plans to be at the forefront of this movement, and that’s why we’re currently calling for important changes to the government’s proposed Energy Bill. Read more and take action here: http://www.38degrees.org.uk/page/speakout/EnergyBill2010

Here’s Joan Ruddock’s letter to us: