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!
“This Bill outlines the path needed to avoid the catastrophe outlined by the United Nations General-Secretary António Guterres in 2018. Based on the accepted science of the IPCC, it is farsighted aiming to protect those at risk now and in the future.”
International Executive Director of Greenpeace International (from 2009 – 2016) and Secretary General of Amnesty International (from 2018 – 2020)
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.
Webinar on the Bill
Watch our recorded webinar on the contents of the Bill to learn more!Watch the Webinar
Download a PDF of the Bill
Here it is in all its legal language glory. You can use this to show your MPs when you demand their support.Download the CEE Bill
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 CEEbill@protonmail.com.
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:
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: CEEbill@protonmail.com