The environmental movement, Extinction Rebellion, have draped banners over bridges in Bromsgrove’s to raise awareness of the Climate and Ecological Emergency (CEE) Bill.

The CEE Bill aims to tackle the climate crisis at the speed and scale it is developing.

The Bill was due its second reading in the House of Commons today but has been postponed due to the pandemic and no rescheduled date has been announced.

Extinction Rebellion Bromsgrove activist, Graham Bouchard, said: “We need stronger environmental action by our politicians. Endless reports, many from the Government’s own committees, point out that Boris Johnson is not going far enough to tackle the climate and ecological emergency. In Bromsgrove, we have been affected by illegal levels of air pollution since October 2011 and this will only get worse if the environment is not top of the political agenda.

“Only last week, we saw planning approval for the Perryfields Road housing development without sufficient commitment to alternative transport provision. This will bring greatly increased traffic to the town and reduce air quality further. Air pollution is the biggest environmental threat to health in the UK, with between 28,000 and 36,000 deaths a year attributed to long-term exposure.”

Worcestershire Extinction Rebellion groups are calling for the support of local MPs Robin Walker, MP for Worcester, and Sajid Javid, MP for Bromsgrove to support the Bill.

Graham added: “We are inviting Mr Walker and Mr Javid to have a discussion with their constituents about the CEE Bill – we all feel incredibly passionate about this issue and welcome a forum to discuss our concerns. With just eight months to go before the UK hosts the vital UN climate conference, COP26, in Glasgow, the CEE Bill represents Boris Johnson’s best opportunity of having a serious and comprehensive plan to tackle the greatest challenge humanity faces. The Government's Environment bill is sadly totally inadequate.”

The CEE bill is supported by over 100 MPs and is the only legislation put before MPs to tackle the ongoing rate of climate change.