Swindon Climate Action Network (SCAN) and Swindon Friends of the Earth (FoE) collected well over 100 signatures on Saturday as part of the national FoE 'Big Ask' campaign which is calling on MPs to support and strengthen the Climate Change Bill that is soon to be debated in Parliament.
Anne Snelgrove, MP for South Swindon visited the stand and said: "I am delighted that so many people signed the giant 'Big Ask' postcard to ask for a strong climate change law and have also contacted me in other ways over the last few weeks. This really helps me make a strong case to the Ministers."
Signatures were collected from both Swindon consituencies and several more will be passed on from outside the town. Michael Wills, MP for North Swindon added: "I think the work that SCAN are doing to raise awareness of climate change is very important indeed and I support them in their work. I will continue to work with them to achieve the cultural change that is so important to the future of our planet and I look forward to receiving the Big Ask Postcard."
"With the publication of the latest IPCC report this weekend, nobody can be in any doubt that there is a very urgent need for everyone to take positive steps to reduce their impact on the climate", said Gina Adams, campaigner with SCAN.
On Wednesday 21st November SCAN is hosting a meeting for people wanting to take action in their local communities. The 'Climate Friendly Communities' scheme has been set up in several villages in Wiltshire and one is now running in Old Town. The meeting will be an ideal opportunity for people to discover how they can rebuild a real community spirit and actively get involved in reducing the climate impact of their local neighbourhood.
Speakers from the Old Town group will be joined by others operating a similar scheme in Purton, at the Friends Meeting House, Eastcott Hill, Swindon 7.30pm.