Help give planners a leading role in the fight against climate change Caroline Lucas MP has submitted an Early Day Motion (EDM) asking MPs to recognise and debate the recent downgrading of the Climate Change Act (2008) in the draft revised National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF). Why is this important? As a small island nation, climate change is the greatest threat facing our society. Towns and cities are faced with frightening levels of extreme weather – for which they are in no way prepared – and our coastal areas are at risk of being swallowed up by rising sea levels. Communities can play a hugely significant role in helping us overcome climate change, but not without proper leadership. A new proposal by the government seeks to downgrade the status of national planning policy so it no longer requires councils or communities to design their local plans around the objectives and provisions set out in the Climate Change Act (2008). Instead, the government suggests that local plans are made ‘within the context’ of the legislation, which will inevitably weaken future proposals and remove clarity around essential carbon-reduction benchmarks. You can read about this in more detail here. What is an EDM? An Early Day Motion (EDM) is a formal proposal submitted for debate in the House of Commons. Members of Parliament are invited to sign the EDM, thereby acknowledging that they believe its contents to be worthy of debate. The main purpose of this particular EDM is to make as many MPs aware of the change as possible. How can you help? You can email or write to your MP and ask that they sign EDM 1368, explaining that this small change is potentially disastrous to our national interests and must not be formalised. To find out your MPs contact details, click here.