Dozens of constituents made the journey down to London to discuss their concerns regarding climate change. The ‘The Time Is Now’ rally attracted people from all over the UK, bringing individuals face to face with their MPs.
Mr Prisk said:
'I was glad to be part of the day, discussing what is undoubtedly one of the most pressing issues of our times.
The constituents I met at the event lobbied on a range of issues, from the need for greener travel, particularly in our area, to protecting the arctic. The protestors I spoke to were concerned not only about the future of our planet, but the need for urgent action now. I’m with them.
I really appreciated hearing directly about your priorities and concerns. It is up to us to do what we can to secure a safe, healthy environment for future generations. We all have a role to play in making eco-friendly choices in our daily lives. From small changes like recycling often and correctly, to pioneering legislation like the ban on microbeads, we must keep pushing for improvements.
Positive changes are happening. The Government published the Clean Growth Strategy in 2017, setting out its plans for meeting the UK's carbon targets and the ambition to legislate for a net zero emissions target. At the same time, the ambitious 25 Year Environment Plan outlined the commitment to supporting and protecting the world's most biodiverse forests, supporting sustainable agriculture and supporting zero-deforestation supply chains.
We can also welcome the Government’s introduction of a legally binding net zero target to end the UK's contribution to global warming entirely by 2050. The foundations to achieve this have been laid and it is expected that other major economies will follow suit. However, more can be done.
Following the event, I took away a series of different actions that I am undertaking as we speak. Here in Westminster and at home in Herts, I’ll be contacting ministers and authorities on topics including planning, transport, waste, research and biodiversity. You can keep an eye on my social media for updates on this – like ‘Mark Prisk MP’ on Facebook or follow @mark.prisk on Instagram to be first in the know.'