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Build Back Better – Lobbying MPs
25th June 2020
A nationwide day of action to remind our MPs of their responsibilities for a post-Covid future!
The Committee on Climate Change recently called for post-Covid recovery to be a just transition, “focused on green growth, social parity and improved resiliency”. Their latest report will be released on June 24th, and is likely to be very critical of government failure to act. To coincide with this report, we will take part in a coordinated national action to deliver a clear message to our MPs that they must force the government to take immediate preventative action to avoid climate collapse, by implementing a Covid recovery plan that achieves net zero carbon by 2025.
When and where are we in action locally?
Oxford West (Layla Moran): XR Canaries will be in Bonn Square, Oxford with large versions of their letters and placards at 3pm. They will probably do a slow march of the surrounding area, and will be wearing a combination of green and black. Anyone from Layla’s constituency is welcome to join. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for any further details.
Abingdon (Layla Moran): XR Abingdon will be meeting at Abingdon market place at 12pm, walking to Layla Moran’s office on Barton Lane to deliver a letter and take some photos (location here), finishing by 1pm. See the Facebook event for updates or email email@example.com
Oxford East (Anneliese Dodds): Headington Fringe will be writing letters to Anneliese Dodds, and organising a presentation of a letter at her constituency office in Cowley (location here) at 4.30pm. We welcome all rebels in the Oxford East constituency to join us in the letter-writing and/or presentation action. Please contact Mark and Marion at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will send you our briefing notes and any updates.
Witney (Robert Courts): XR Witney and XR Oxford Swallows will be meeting 11am-12noon outside Courts’ Witney office (58-60 High Street, Witney, OX28 6HJ) with our printed letters.
Henley (John Howell): XR Henley will be outside the constituency offices from 6-7pm (event page)
Tilehurst (Alok Sharma, MP for Reading West): Telegram chat | Action briefing Alok Sharma is Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, tasked with “ensuring that the country has secure energy supplies that are reliable, affordable and clean” and “tackling climate change”. He will be in charge of COP26 in 2021. XR will be marching a short distance to Alok’s office with manure and the message “Action – not horseshit!”.
As with all in-present XR actions at the moment, please:
– Observe social distancing guidelines
– Wear a mask
– Bring hand sanitiser
– Do not come if you have any symptoms of Covid-19
– If you cannot attend in person because you are shielding, email your MP instead, and take a photo with your letter at home and share it online!