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07/05/14

The climate clock is ticking: young people demand MPs get real on climate change as the year countdown to the General Election begins

The UK Youth Climate Coalition took action outside Parliament today to launch the Fight for Our Future campaign. Sporting three giant clocks, the young climate campaigners arrived early this morning to give MPs their General Election wake-up call. The clocks were then gifted to the headquarters of the Conservative, Labour and Liberal Democrat parties.

Fight for Our Future action“We are willing and able to vote in 2015 but MPs have to give us something to vote for. As the year countdown to the General Election begins, this action kickstarts a campaign to demand that MPs use the next 365 days to put young people and climate change on the top of the agenda if they want to secure our votes.” said Francesca Carnibella, Co-Director of the UK Youth Climate Coalition.

“This campaign is about empowering young people to reclaim control of politics, which too often ignores the needs of the young just as it ignores the needs of the planet” said Sean Robinson, UKYCC Communications Officer, “Over the coming months we will be working across the country to mobilise young people and start constituency campaigns that demand better from our MPs.

“Everyone has seen the extreme weather across the globe over the past two years and the UK floods made sure that no one in this country can underestimate the importance of tackling climate change. Climate change is back on the agenda and MPs must respond to this when it comes to the General Election” Robinson continued.

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Notes to editors: The UK Youth Climate Coalition (UKYCC) is a not-for-profit organisation run by volunteers aged 18-29 from across the UK that aims to inspire, empower, mobilise and unite young people to take positive action on climate change. For more information, visit ukycc.org.

Press contact: Sean Robinson, sean.robinson@ukycc.org, 07917698499

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