Unity to drive Climate Change Bill in Parliament

Friends of the Earth (FOE) is using Unity for a final burst of campaigning on climate change as the Climate Change Bill goes through Parliament.

Borrell: to perform at awareness event
Borrell: to perform at awareness event

The Bill is awaiting its second reading in the House of Commons. According to the charity, it will make the UK the first country in the world to commit to legally binding reductions in carbon dioxide emissions. But the charity is concerned that currently the Bill does not cover the shipping or aviation industries.

FOE wants to put public pressure on MPs to extend the Bill to include these industries. Unity has been briefed to stir up a ground-swell of support for the campaign.

The agency will manage a series of stunts to publicise the Bill. It will handle publicity for a high-profile gig involving various celebrities taking place on 3 June.

Razorlight front man Johnny Borrell will play at the gig in front of a commercial jet in the aviation room of London's Science Museum. Representatives from all UK industries will be invited - except the aviation and shipping industries, in an attempt to highlight the unfairness of the proposed law.

The charity has also created a website where members of the public can book a seat on virtual flight to Parliament. Booking a seat will send a message to their MP asking them to vote to strengthen the law when they get the chance later this year.

The public can then join celebrities Borrell, musician KT Tunstall and comedian Sean Hughes 'on board'.

FOE has also created a series of animations to bring the campaign to the attention of a younger audience, which will be uploaded on YouTube.

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