Protect Our Future

A greener future for Britain  |  UK-wide

About the campaign

Our national campaign for 2020 – ‘Protect Our Future’

We will be campaigning to tackle the impact and continuation of climate change between February and October 2020. In 2019, young people across the UK voted to prioritise climate change as the UK campaign issue. Following the ballot, Members of Youth Parliament voted in the House of Commons for ‘Protect Our Future’ to be the leading national campaign for 2020.

Why?

  • 11% of the world’s population is currently vulnerable to climate change impacts such as droughts, floods, heat waves, extreme weather events and sea-level rise – that’s 800 million people.
  • Climate change is currently only taught in schools as a small part of Geography and Chemistry. There is no requirement for it to be taught across subjects as a core part of the primary and secondary curriculum.
  • 18 of the warmest years on record have occurred since the year 2000 – the planet is getting hotter.
  • Within the next 30 years, London will have the same weather as Barcelona currently has.
  • Climate change is affecting floods in the UK – floods in northern England and southern Scotland are 55% bigger, on average, than they were five decades ago.
  • Global sea levels are set to rise by more than 2 meters in the next 80 years.
  • This means that major cities across the world including New York, Venice and Amsterdam could be submerged, displacing up to 187 million people
  • 85% of people in the UK say they are worried about climate change.
  • Currently, only 1% of vehicles on the road are electric. In order to meet our target to have 100% electric vehicles by 2050, we need to replace over .
  • The latest UN analysis shows that if we act now, we can drastically cut carbon emissions within 12 years and reduce the increase in the global average temperature.

 

 

We would like to take action on the climate emergency – through:

  1. Holding conversations and debates in schools and youth groups across the UK and inform decision makers of the outcomes
  2. Gaining further support from decision makers on a local and national level
  3. Creating a wider conversation to increase engagement and continue to inspire young people to take part in democracy
  4. Sign our petition calling on the government to protect the environment.

What’s been happening online?

You can follow all the action on Twitter via #ProtectOurFuture.

DOWNLOAD RESOURCES
Campaign Toolkit for Members of Youth Parliament