Norwich MP to meet with climate change group ahead of UN talks

MP Simon Wright. Picture: Denise Bradley.

MP Simon Wright. Picture: Denise Bradley.

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A network of local climate change campaigners will meet with Norwich South MP Simon Wright on Saturday.

The talks are aimed at connecting climate action in Norfolk with the upcoming United Nations international climate conference in Durban, South Africa.

Those attending the talks, arranged by Stop Climate Chaos Coalition (East), will include representatives of Norwich City Council, UNICEF, Friends of the Earth, RSPB and Greenpeace.

The group will meet Mr Wright at the Greenhouse Environment Centre on Bethel Street, Norwich at 11am, where an African-themed climate change photographic exhibition will be opened.

The campaigners will raise local and global climate-related issues and call for the UK government to take the lead at the UN climate talks by ensuring more finance is available for developing countries to adapt to the effects of climate change, develop low carbon economies and protect forests.

Mr Wright said: “I’m delighted to have the opportunity to meet with local campaigners to discuss their views.

“The UK will provide a significant leadership role at the international climate talks in Durban this month, when I hope we will see real progress towards a new global deal.

“Norfolk is home to many experts on climate issues, as well as being a county particularly vulnerable to rising sea levels. It’s therefore appropriate that the voice of the county should be heard in the run up to Durban.”

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