The Finnish Big Ask campaign has reached a major milestone with the new coalition government agreeing to prepare a proposal on a climate law.
After long and tough negotiations following elections in April, a coalition government with six parties has been formed. The Greens, the Left Alliance and the Social Democrats have all stated that a climate change law is one of the most important legislative projects of the next electoral period.
Around 10,000 people have attended a music festival in Prague in support of the Big Ask campaign.
The main message of the festival was that a climate change law would bring benefits for Czech people, the economy and the climate.
People packed Kampa island in the centre of Prague, attracted by great musicians, theatre, a farmer’s market and green technology demonstrations. The leader of the Social Democratic and Green parties were among the guests.
The UK government has agreed a strong carbon budget for the period 2023-2027 of 50 per cent emissions reductions based on 1990 levels.
This was a key test of the effectiveness of the Climate Change Act which was passed in 2008, and while not perfect, it is certainly progress, according to Friends of the Earth England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Under the Climate Change Act, the government had to set the next carbon budget, which will now happen every five years, to map out the UK's CO2-cutting path.
Irish Friends of the Earth activists built snowmen in the grounds of the Department of the
Environment to demand that the leader of the Irish Green Party, John Gormley, deliver the climate bill.
The snowmen held placards that read, 'No Climate Bill, sNOw thanks' and, 'Hey John, Where's Your Climate Bill?'.
The demand from the snowmen and Friends of the Earth Ireland was for the Green Party to keep its promise and publish the climate bill before Christmas.
Around 60 citizens have met 40 members of the Finnish Parliament to discuss Finnish climate policies. The citizen lobbyists had a clear message: Finnish people want to see ambitious and fair climate policies and a law with binding annual cuts in carbon emissions.
Citizen lobbyists won four new supporters for a Climate Change Law, including the vice president of the Social Democrat party.
A new report on the benefits for Spain of adopting a climate law has been launched by Friends of the Earth Spain at a press conference in Madrid.
The report was produced by Friends of the Earth Spain and Factor CO2 (formerly Ecofys in Spain). 'Oportunidades para una Ley de Cambio Climático en España basada en los presupuestos de carbon' (Opportunities for a Climate Change Law in Spain based on carbon budgets) shows opportunities, advantages and barriers to implementing a climate law in Spain.
On the 2nd of June, Friends of the Earth Ireland, as part of the Stop Climate Chaos coalition, took part in a mass lobby on climate change today.
Friends of the Earth members and supporters from all over the country came to a venue close to the Dáil (the Irish Parliament) to meet with their Members of Parliament. They asked them to commit to support a strong climate law in the Dáil, when the Bill comes before them this autumn.
Last-minute lobbying by industry has stopped the Hungarian parliament from adopting a climate law in its current term.
Following successful campaigning by Friends of the Earth Hungary's Big Ask campaign, the Hungarian Climate Bill was included on the Parliamentary agenda in mid-February and received support from all parties. But industries afraid of being detrimentally affected by the law have succeeded in blocking it at the last moment.
Friends of the Earth England, Wales and Northern Ireland have produced a short video on the Climate Change Act, in conjunction with the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the Department of Energy and Climate Change.
COPENHAGEN, DENMARK, December 18, 2009 - Commenting on the failure of rich country governments to secure a strong and fair UN agreement to tackle climate change in Copenhagen, Magda Stoczkiewicz, director of Friends of the Earth Europe said:
"Politicians cannot call this 'outcome' a success when in fact nothing meaningful has been agreed. Negotiations must now become even more intense to reach a just and effective climate agreement.