Stop Climate Chaos
||It has been suggested that I Count be merged into this article. (Discuss) Proposed since July 2013.|
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|Type||Coalition of NGOs|
|Founded||2005, London, United Kingdom|
|Members||in excess of 100 organisations who comprise the coalition's 11 million members|
Stop Climate Chaos is a climate change coalition of primarily environmental and international development NGOs that was formed in September 2005. The coalition ran the big I Count campaign in 2006–07 and organised The Wave - a campaign focused on the climatic impacts of energy production which took place on 5 December 2009 in the run-up to the UN talks in Copenhagen. The coalition encourages individuals to lobby the UK government for positive policies on climate change. From 2005 to 2010 the director of the coalition was Ashok Sinha. There is also a Scottish secretariat called Stop Climate Chaos Scotland.
The I Count Campaign
The I Count campaign aimed to ensure that world leaders act on rising global greenhouse gas emissions in order to keep average global temperature increase to under 2° C (3.6 °F) and so avoiding the more serious consequences of global warming.
In 2006 the campaign focussed on the lead up to the Queen's speech, urging the Government to introduce a Climate Change Bill in the forthcoming Parliamentary session - including legally binding cuts in emissions (3% per year and 50% by 2050), and an annual carbon budget.
The campaign then focussed on the specifics of the Climate Change Bill with three clear demands for inclusion in the bill:
- A target of 80% reduction in emissions by 2050
- Yearly targets for emissions reductions
- Aviation and shipping to be included in the emissions targets
All of the campaign demands were met and contributed to the UK's Climate Change Act 2008, a world-first.
The Energy Campaign
At the end of 2008 with the climate change act through parliament, the coalition switched its attention to energy policy. The new campaign demands were for UK government to boost investment in renewables and scrap plans for a string of coal power stations beginning with Kingsnorth.
The coalition are also working with The Age of Stupid team on their Not Stupid campaign.
On 5 December 2009, people from all walks of life gathered in London and Glasgow to mark the United Nations Climate Change Conference 2009 which took place in Copenhagen. The aim was to rally the British Government and other members of other UK parties to ‘Quit Dirty Coal’, ‘Protect the Poorest’ and ‘Act Fair & Fast’ to avoid the worst impacts of Climate Change. Reports of attendance vary from 40,000 to 60,000 people, which makes it the largest demonstration on climate change in the world to date.
Lobby of MPs
The members of the coalition include:
- I Count
- Stop Climate Chaos Scotland
- Stop Climate Chaos Canada
- Campaign against Climate Change (UK pressure group)