"The Time is Now!" - Mass lobby of parliament at Westminster

On Wednesday 26 June, I attended a mass lobby at Westminster to tell my MP that we

must act now to stop our contribution to the climate and ecological crisis and that we want

to breathe cleaner air in Merton.

An event on a big scale

More than 10000 people from all walks of life and all over the UK attended the event to secure a safer and cleaner future for everyone. The event was organised by the Climate Coalition, an umbrella of 130 organisations representing 15 million people.

At least 195 Members of Parliament met their constituents, including the MP for Mitcham and Morden, Siobhain McDonagh and the MP for Wimbledon, Stephen Hammond.

The atmosphere was very family friendly and carnival like. Constituents organised themselves in small groups and in alphabetic order, so it was easy for me to find my fellow constituents.

I saw about 50 people from Merton including many school children and teachers from various schools in the borough. People were representing various local groups, including faith groups, churches, The Women’s Institute, Friends of local parks, RSPB, and Friends of the Earth.

Lobbying for a stronger Environment Bill

The government is proposing a new Environment Bill to cover air quality, nature conservation and waste management (including plastic pollution), set to be introduced to