The climate crisis is an ever-increasing and immediate threat to the livelihoods of farmers and workers around the world, from deforestation and changing weather patterns to rising temperatures, water scarcity and contamination.
Despite contributing the least to the climate emergency, smallholders in developing countries are disproportionately affected and have fewer resources to adapt to changes in climate. These farmers manage over 80% of the world’s 500 million farms and rely on this land for their livelihoods – as we rely on them for so much of our food. With increasingly negative effects on land and agricultural production, farmers have told us that climate change is their biggest challenge right now.
On 26th March 2021, the Climate and Ecological Emergency Bill will be returning to the House of Commons for its second reading. 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. The bill could help to achieve climate justice and could set a precedent that would be replicated across the world.
The CEE Bill currently has cross-party support from 96 MPs. If you are a local constituent, there is a petition you can sign to encourage Rt Hon Dame Cheryl Gillan MP to support the CEE Bill. Sign the petition here.
To read more about the bill, including its entire wording, visit the CEE Bill web site.