10:10 Campaign Gains Traction in UK
The campaign started by filmmaker Franny Armstrong, who made the film "The Age of Stupid", to create a critical mass to pressure the UK government to get serious about climate change is gaining serious momentum. The campaign asks people to reduce their carbon emissions by 10% in 2010 to help meet the overall goal of an 80% reduction in the UK's greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. Since its start in September, the 10:10 campaign has picked up loads of supporters, including many in Parliament.The House of Commons debated strong emissions cuts for three hours yesterday for the entire government, including the military -- representing 10% of the UK's carbon emissions and 8% of the land. They ultimately did not accept the pledge, but more than 225 members of Parliament came out in support of 10:10.
The final vote on the bill was 226 Ayes to 297 Nays. But the UK government made news in another way yesterday when they announcing plans for investing an extra £20 million pounds in energy efficiency in government buildings.
According to the 10:10 campaign, it has pledges from the entire Tory shadow and Labour cabinets, 36,500 individuals, 100,300 companies, 650 organizations, 370 educational institutions.