We’ve already seen the UK-based I Count coalition putting pressure on former British Prime Minister Tony Blair to tackle climate change, and we’ve written about coalition member People and Planet’s efforts to save the world. Now we hear that I Count are launching a Communities Map, an innovative online networking tool for local organizations and groups in the UK to work together on climate change issues. The map has already gone live with 350 groups from 209 organizations and organizers believe this figure is set to increase as the word spreads. The launch coincides with the UK Government’s draft Climate Change Bill which will be debated in Parliament this autumn and which would commit the country to legally-binding emissions reductions. Ashok Sinha, Director of the I Count campaign, explained what is at stake:
The Climate Change Bill is a great opportunity for the UK to make world history by producing an effective legal framework to lower carbon emissions – but only if we get it right. Currently, it will not keep us below the widely accepted 2 degrees celsius global warming danger threshold as it includes a CO2 reduction target which will put us on course for a 4 degrees celsius rise with devastating consequences. The I Count Communities Map enables local groups to work together to convince their MPs why and how the Government needs to make the Bill work and this means raising the carbon dioxide reduction target from 60% to 80%.
::I Count::via press release::