We know we are in an emergency and that the government isn’t doing enough.
The Climate and Ecological Emergency Bill can change our course—making the government act with the urgency we need and involving everyday people in a Citizens’ Assembly that has real bite. If the CEE Bill is made law, the government would have to act fast, accounting for our entire carbon footprint while actively conserving nature here and overseas. We hope that this bill will set a precedent that can be replicated across the world.
The CEE Bill is a brand new initiative starting on its path as a grassroots campaign to build an alliance around this proposed law. It has been developed with members of XR alongside members of the successful Big Ask campaign that led to the Climate Change Act in 2008.
We need the support of as many MPs as possible so that the bill can move forward—so politicians need to step up. Call on your MP to back the CEE Bill!
About the CEE Bill
See below for more on parliamentary procedure, the contents of the CEE Bill and what you can do to help get the campaign moving!
- What is a bill?
A bill is a proposal for a new law, or a change to an existing law that is presented for debate before Parliament. A bill must be passed by the House of Commons and the House of Lords. It is then given Royal Assent and becomes an Act of Parliament – i.e. it enters into law. Taking a Bill through Parliament is a lengthy process – the 2008 Climate Change Act took three years! But we obviously need to get the Climate and Ecological Emergency Bill through in a fraction of that time…
The Climate and Ecological Emergency Bill will be presented as a Private Member’s Bill – these are Bills that are not part of the government’s planned legislation and are introduced by MPs who are not cabinet ministers, which is why it is generally a lot harder to get these Bills passed.
- There can be 12 names on the Bill itself, with further MPs declaring their support.
- A simple majority of MPs present (or peers in the House of Lords) need to vote in favour of the Bill in order for it to be passed.
We need to get as many MPs as possible to back the Climate and Ecological Emergency Bill – as more MPs back the Bill, the pressure grows on Government to give it parliamentary time and continue on its journey to becoming new law.
- What does the CEE Bill call for?
- A serious plan to deal with the UK’s fair share of emissions and to halt critical rises in global temperatures.
- Our entire carbon footprint be taken into account – in the UK and overseas.
- The active conservation and restoration of nature here and overseas, recognising the damage we cause through the goods we import.
- Those in power not to depend on future technologies to save the day; technologies that are used as an excuse for us to carry on polluting.
- Ordinary people to have a real say on the right way forward in a Citizens’ Assembly with bite.
Find out moreWatch The CEE Bill explained – In less than 2 minutes (Video) See more explainers on the CEE Bill YouTube channel
Essential Resources *** Updated April 2021 ***
The Campaign Guide is both an introduction to the Bill and a CEE Bill campaigning recipe book. It takes you through the various ways you can get involved with the campaign, explaining each action in detail. You can also read the Bill itself, written in formal legal language. You can share the Bill with your MP and Local Authority when you demand they express support for the Bill.Read the CEE Bill Campaign Guide (PDF) Download the CEE Bill (PDF)
If you know that your MP is going to vote for the Bill then please be hugely supportive of them!
For MPs who haven’t publicly stated their support for the Bill, XR rebels and campaigners can act in a number of ways. Make sure you keep in touch and let us know how you get on by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
To join the campaign, go to the CEE Bill Alliance website for the sign up form and to find out more:
Tweet your support for the Bill:
Write to your MP
Lobbying shouldn’t be left up to the big corporations – this is an emergency and we need to make sure that our representatives are doing what’s needed. Contacting your MP and letting them know the things you care about really does work.
Find your MPs contact details here. Sending an email is great – and posting a letter is even better. Be polite and to the point, letting them know:
- Who you are and whether you have been in touch before
- Your address (to show you are in their constituency and ensure they get back)
- Why the climate and ecological emergency is so important to you
- Why you think they should support the CEE bill. This might be because passing the CEE bill ensures that:
- our entire carbon footprint is taken into account (including all of the emissions linked to the production and transport of goods from overseas that we consume in the UK
- we don’t depend on technology (NETs) to save the day as an excuse for inaction
- we focus on nature as much as climate, protecting and conserving habitats in the UK and internationally on supply chains
- citizens are central to deciding how to move forward, in a Citizens’ Assembly with real teeth
Here is more information to help your communications with your MP:FAQ for campaigners: Is my MP backing the CEE Bill? How To Deal With Set Conservative And Labour MPs’ Email Responses To The CEE Bill
Contact Your Local Authority
If you’ve contacted your MP asking them to support the Climate and Ecological Emergency Bill and you’ve hit a dead end – there are other ways to build up the pressure! We have written some draft motions for local authorities that, if passed, require the council to formally invite local MPs to support the CEE Bill. So by asking your local council to pass the motion you can increase the pressure on MPs to support the bill in parliament. It will also help to increase awareness of the climate emergency and the CEE Bill locally and can be used as a catalyst for local action.
1. Find your local authority in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.
2. Find the name and contact details for the Leader of the Council and the Chief Executive. You may also wish to send the same letter and information pack to councillors that hold roles with relevant responsibilities, like Climate Emergency, Environment, Housing, Transport, etc.
3. If you are not sure who to address the letter to please email us at email@example.com.
Writing an email is great. Sending a letter is even better. Your communication should include:
- Who you are and whether you have been in touch before.
- Your address (to show you live in the area and ensure they get back to you).
- Why you are asking them to pass a motion in support of the CEE Bill. You may want to use one of the draft letters in the list of resources below:
- Draft letter to local authorities that did declare a climate emergency
- Draft letter to local authorities that did not declare a climate emergency
- Draft motion for local authorities that did declare climate emergency
- Draft motion for local authorities that did not declare climate emergency
- CEE Bill Executive Summary
- Copy of the Climate and Ecology Bill
It would be great if you could forward us any responses you get back to firstname.lastname@example.org.
And here are other ways you can support the Bill:
- Lobby your MP at their constituency office
As a constituent you can phone your MP’s office and ask for a meeting – most MPs hold surgeries on a Friday in their local office. At the meeting, show them the Bill and ask them to add their name to its supporters. Keep doing this, every week.
- Mobilise local support
Hold people’s assemblies and public meetings. You can organise two-minute testimonies on why the Bill is needed – these can be used these to recruit people for further direct actions.
- Use social media and press
Facebook, Twitter, email: whatever your MP uses, get in touch with them directly urging them to sign the Bill – and let others know what you are doing! Also contact your local press or ring up your local radio station and call on your MP to sign the Bill on air. Use the hashtag: #CEEbill.
- Campaign at Westminster
As a constituent you have a right to go to Westminster and ask to see your MP. You do not need to make an appointment, although it is advisable that you do.
- Go on a Tuesday or Wednesday as they will be most likely to be present on these days.
- Go to the main entrance of the Palace of Westminster and pass through security – if asked, say you want to go to the Central Lobby to lobby your MP.
- When you get to the Central Lobby, ask at the office for a Green Card and fill this in.
- Your MP will be told you are there.
- When your MP arrives, give them a copy of the Bill and ask them to add their name to the list of supporters.
- Help the Bill through parliament
After a Bill has been introduced to Parliament, most Bills will go through the same set of stages in both the House of Commons and the House of Lords before they can become law. During some of the stages there are different possible actions you can take to help it reach the next stage.
- First Reading – this is the formal introduction of a Bill to Parliament. The long title of the Bill is read out, but no amendments can be put forward.
- Second Reading – this is usually at least two weekends after the first reading and is the first time MPs and Peers are able to debate the main principles of the Bill. No amendments can be made to the Bill at this stage. At the end of the debate, MPs vote on whether the Bill should proceed to the next stage. Action: Ask your MP to express their support for the Bill during the debate, and vote in favour of the Bill at the end of the debate.
- Committee stage – this is a detailed examination of the Bill, usually by the Public Bill Committee. It normally starts within a couple of weeks of the Second Reading stage. During this stage, amendments can be proposed by MPs; and every clause in the Bill will be considered and either agreed to, changed or removed from the bill. The committee is also able to take evidence from experts and special interest groups. Action: Submit evidence supporting the Bill directly to the Public Bill Committee. This could cover, for example, climate science in support of the 2025 target or arguments for how a Citizens’ Assembly is needed to address the emergency.
- Report stage, Third reading and Later stages – Track the progress of the Bill through parliament, read transcripts of the debate and view the most up-to-date version of the Bill.
- Get national support
Ask any other groups, unions and associations you are a member of to ‘Support the Climate and Ecological Emergency Bill’. The Bill will be presented by cross-party MPs and XR will lobby for it to be passed, but it’s not an ‘XR Bill’ in itself so other groups who might not be in favour of NVDA can feel comfortable supporting the Bill.
For more information about how to get involved, contact us at email@example.com