TELL THE TRUTH
Government must tell the truth by declaring a climate and ecological emergency, working with other institutions to communicate the urgency for change.
Government must act now to halt biodiversity loss and reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2025.
Government must create and be led by the decisions of a Citizens’ Assembly on climate and ecological justice.
What is a Citizen’s Assembly?
Why is Extinction Rebellion demanding a Citizens’ Assembly on Climate and Ecological Justice?
Short film about Citizens’ Assemblies
In “The Deliberate Rebellion” by All Hands On, we explain why we need a Citizens’ Assembly on Climate and Ecological Justice.
THREE DEMAND BILL
The Climate and Ecological Emergency (Declaration, Emissions Target and Citizens’ Assembly) Bill contains Extinction Rebellion’s Three Demands. That’s why we’re calling it the Three Demands Bill. If enacted, these will become law. The Government will declare a climate and ecological emergency, specify a 2025 target date and will establish a Citizens’ Assembly to determine the wide-ranging policy changes needed to transition to net zero greenhouse gas emissions and halt the extinction of species.
The current draft of the Bill has been put together by a number of XR working groups around the country and in consultation with the campaign group Power for People. We are currently contacting various MPs in order to get it introduced in Parliament as a Private Member’s Bill.
The Climate and Ecological Emergency Bill is a living document that will be continually edited and updated. You’ll always find the latest version on this page.
What is a bill?
A Bill is a proposal for a new law, or a change to an existing law that is presented for debate before Parliament. A Bill must be passed by the House of Commons and the House of Lords. It is then given Royal Assent and becomes an Act of Parliament – i.e. it enters into law. Taking a Bill through Parliament is a lengthy process – the 2008 Climate Change Act took three years! But we obviously need to get the Three Demands Bill through in a fraction of that time…
The Three Demands Bill will be presented as a Private Member’s Bill – these are Bills that are not part of the government’s planned legislation and are introduced by MPs who are not cabinet ministers, which is why it is generally a lot harder to get these Bills passed.
There can be 12 names on the Bill itself, with further MPs declaring their support.
A simple majority of MPs present (or peers in the House of Lords) need to vote in favour of the Bill in order for it to be passed.
We need to get as many MPs as possible to back the Three Demands Bill – as more MPs back the Bill, the pressure grows on Government to give it parliamentary time and pass it.
What can I do?
If you know that your MP is going to vote for the Bill then please be hugely supportive of them!
For MPs who haven’t publicly stated their support for the Bill, XR rebels and supporters can act in a number of ways.