Tuesday, 22 September 2009

I started the day at the John Prescott's 'New Earth Deal' School Tour at Pudsey Grangefield School...

The UN Copenhagen Climate Change Conference is being held in early December and is seen as the last chance to secure a global agreement to tackle climate change. A Copenhagen Treaty would succeed the Kyoto Agreement which was the first binding agreement on climate change. John Prescott, then Deputy Prime Minister, signed the Agreement with Al Gore, then Vice-President of the United States.

John Prescott's 'New Earth Deal' School Tour is visiting schools in London, Leeds, Manchester and Birmingham focusing on the causes of climate change, his experience in negotiating the Kyoto Treaty and his view that the Copenhagen agreement should be efficient, effective and equitable. The session was similar in style to the Al Gore presentation and film 'An Inconvenient Truth' and John has been working with the team behind the 'Age of Stupid' film and the presentation included a 20 minute edited version of the film.

The 'New Earth Deal' campaign calls upon us all to show our support for a global deal to combat climate change through a range of activities online and offline. You can dfind out more at their website at www.newearthdeal.org. The young people were also introduced to '10:10' the national effort to cut the UK's emissions by 10% in 2010. You can find out more about '10:10' at their website at www.1010uk.org.

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