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Will you join us in supporting and calling for local climate action by adding your name to this letter?


Our voices are stronger when we come together so let's make ours heard now, during COP26 - a crucial moment for people and the planet. World leaders must act now but we cannot forget the power of local action. From community gardening to lobbying to saving energy in your home, we all have a part to play!


Thank you for supporting climate action in Merton!

Published: 1 November 2021


Dear Stephen Hammond  /  Siobhan McDonagh


Urgent action needed to combat the climate emergency 


I am one of your constituents. I am writing to urge you to do everything in your power to drive urgent policy changes which will bring about reductions in carbon emissions to tackle climate change. This includes enabling residents to heat their homes more efficiently, making active travel safer, and making public transport more affordable. These changes are necessary to address the climate crisis which is affecting people here in the UK, and across the globe.


Action, at the national and local level, is needed to:

  • Create financial incentives for people to reduce energy usage in their homes – for instance draught-proofing and better insulating homes and installing solar panels. 

  • Create financial incentives for businesses to help them in the transition to greener business practices - for instance, reducing energy consumption in their buildings, supply, and delivery methods.

  • Prioritise walking/cycling/scooting and improve/extend safe cycling and pedestrian pathways – this will result in significant air quality and health improvements.

  • Create more affordable and efficient public transport options - this will reduce reliance on private vehicles

  • Introduce regulations requiring businesses to adopt stricter environmental standards and greater transparency, demonstrating a real and urgent commitment to tangible climate action – for instance prohibiting packaging which can’t be readily re-used or recycled.

  • Enhance and work with the natural environment - for instance in urban areas increasing and maintaining tree canopy, prohibiting mature trees being cut down to make way for development, and stopping an increase in paving 


This is not an exhaustive list, but gives some examples of the most obvious and urgent actions which need to be taken. 


As host of COP26, the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference, the UK should be setting an example for all the world to follow. Unless real action is urgently taken, the generations to come will not be able to enjoy the sort of civilisation we have today. Action to reduce the impact of climate change cannot be voluntary or solely driven by consumer demand. As my local MP, you have a vital role to play and I urge you to use your power for the benefit of people and the planet.


Yours sincerely,

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