MPs were taken by rickshaw to meet constituents in the area around the Palace of Westminster. At 14:00 lobbyists rang alarms and alarm clocks to symbolise that ‘the time is now to act’. They urged their MPs to pass ambitious new laws that create a healthier environment for people and wildlife, and to support measures that end the UK’s contribution to climate change by 2045.
‘The Time is Now’ lobby was organised by The Climate Coalition and Greener UK, two coalitions combining more than 130 organisations and representing over 15 million people – ranging from aid agencies CAFOD, Christian Aid and Islamic Relief to community groups including the Women’s Institute and environmental organisations such as The Wildlife Trusts and RSPB. It follows global environmental protests, and the declaration of a climate and environment emergency by the UK parliament.
Tim Claye, Volunteer for Warwickshire Wildlife Trust, said "We've come down from Coventry and Warwickshire to pressure MPs for strong legisalation which we very much need to protect ourselves, our children, our grandchildren and their descendants. So today's really important."
Chief Executive of The Wildlife Trusts, Stephanie Hilborne OBE said "It’s powerful to see twelve thousand people from all over the UK and all walks of life come to wake-up Westminster. They have made it clear that now is the time for a real change of direction. Rapid action is needed to rescue our climate and our wildlife. With over 200 MPs meeting their constituents we hope the message on the need to take immediate action has been heard loud and clear."
Crishni Waring, Chair of Warwickshire Wildlife Trust said "I wanted to talk to our MPs about the importance of protecting our natural environment and our wildlife. But not just that, making sure that we help nature to recover across the UK."