Groups with 11m supporters call on David Cameron to lead at UN Climate Summit

The UK’s leading environmental and development groups have been joined by the IKEA Group, the National Trust, Unilever and the Women’s Institute in calling on David Cameron to speak out at the UN Climate Summit in New York.

In a full page advert in the Times and Telegraph newspapers, the Climate Coalition, which brings together over 100 organisations with a combined supporter base of 11 million people, called on the Prime Minister to “take the lead at the Summit and drive forward the bold action needed to protect the things we love” from the impacts of climate change.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has invited world leaders, from government, finance, business, and civil society to Climate Summit 2014 in New York on Tuesday 23 September to ensure that they can achieve a meaningful global agreement in 2015 that will tackle dangerous climate change. Prime Minister David Cameron confirmed last week that he will be attending.

Marylyn Haines Evans, Public Affairs Chair for the National Federation of Women’s Institutes, said: “Protecting our environment has been central to the WI since its very beginnings in 1915, and members have highlighted the impact that climate change has on bees, our food supplies and the most vulnerable members of our global society for over 99 years. Today we are calling on the Government to take a strong leadership role to safeguard the planet for the next generation.”

Ban Ki-moon has asked world leaders to bring bold announcements and actions to the Summit that will reduce emissions, strengthen climate resilience, and mobilise political will before key negotiations that will lead to an international legal agreement in 2015.

Dr Rowan Williams, Chair of Christian Aid said: “The UN Climate Summit will show who the real leaders on climate change are. David Cameron must show moral as well as political leadership in New York. Those suffering the most carry the least responsibility for climate change and the wealthier industrialised nations have the power to secure a safe world for today’s poorest and tomorrow’s children.”

WWF-UK’s Chief Executive David Nussbaum, who is attending the Summit, said: “Next week’s summit in New York is a special opportunity for the Prime Minister to show international leadership and clarity of vision – to protect so much about the world around us that so many of us hold dear. Action on climate change needs rapidly to build momentum towards a global climate agreement in 2015 to build a positive future for both people and nature.”

Mike Clarke, Chief Executive of the RSPB, said “The risks of climate change to people and the wildlife are becoming ever more real. Unless the world unites behind fresh determination to cut greenhouse emissions, large-scale extinctions are inevitable. It’s great that the Prime Minister will be attending the UN climate summit, but now he must take this opportunity to show leadership by building the momentum behind sealing a binding global deal on climate change by the end of 2015 and making further progress in accelerating the transition to a low carbon economy here in the UK.”

Prof Sue Atkinson CBE, Co-Chair of the Climate and Health Council said: "Climate change is the most important and urgent public health priority. Multiple benefits will be accrued to both health and climate change by adopting more active sustainable life styles. Working together, health professionals and decision makers can promote healthier, more environmentally friendly societies.

“We ask the climate leaders, meeting at the summit in New York, to recognise the importance and urgency of climate change and health and the co-benefits that can be achieved by addressing both together"

Mark Goldring, Oxfam’s Chief Executive, said: "This is an opportunity for David Cameron to breathe new life into stalling global climate talks so we welcome his decision to attend. He should lead the way in pushing for deeper emissions cuts and for countries to deliver funding so poor people can protect themselves from climate change. With climate change already making people hungry, it is crucial that the Prime Minister steps up to the plate."

Signatories to the advert
Centre for Sustainable Health Care
Christian Aid
Climate and Health Council
IKEA Group
Islamic Relief
National Trust
National Union of Students
Oxfam GB
Royal Pharmaceutical Society
The Ramblers
Women’s Institute
Woodland Trusts
The Wildlife Trusts

More about the Climate Coalition at

On Sunday 21 September, people across the world will take part in the People’s Climate March, expected to be the largest global climate demonstration in history to inspire the world’s leaders to take ambitious action to tackle dangerous climate change.
In London the demonstration starts at 12.30pm at Temple Place and will march along the Embankment to Parliament.

For details on how to take part, visit

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