‘Show the Love’ poem calls for urgent action on climate

Photo credit: The Climate Coalition.

By Anders Lorenzen

The Valentines Day ‘Show the Love’ campaign run by the UK’s ‘ The Climate Coalition’ has been deemed a success by campaigners.

In a YouTube love poem for the earth produced by film director Ridley Scott’s production company, actor Stephen Fry and other A-list supporters advocate protecting our planet from severe climate change, with a Shakespearean twist. The aim of the video was to place pressure on world leaders in the run up to the important climate talks in Paris at the end of the year. The Climate Coalition spans over 100 members and includes well known environmental organisations such as Greenpeace, WWF and Friends of the Earth.

Just four days after the video was released, David Cameron, Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg, the leaders of the Conservatives, Labour, and the Liberal Democrats issued a joint statement saying that climate change was one of the most serious threats facing the world. The leaders went as far as to promise to ban new coal power plants which don’t incorporate carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology.

The announcement comes at a critical point for climate change policy as the UK prepare to deliver their pledge for the Paris climate talks, and can only be reassuring to  climate campaigners who had been concerned that pressure from anti climate party the UK Independence Party (UKIP), the government would was planning to weaken its position in the run up to the national election in May.

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