Parents' letter

Over 100 parents, including footballers, actors, economists, authors, faith leaders, doctors, and politicians, have added their name to a letter calling on governments to declare a climate emergency and dramatically speed up emissions reductions, for the sake of our children and the planet.

Dear Editor,

We are actors, musicians, politicians, scientists, leaders of business and civil society. We are of diverse nationalities, backgrounds and ages. And we are all parents. And like parents everywhere, we will do everything in our power to ensure our children grow up safe and happy.

We are terrified at what the growing climate crisis means for our children and millions of children across the globe – many of whom are already suffering because of the extreme droughts, floods and storms that are increasingly the norm in our rapidly over-heating world.

The global scientific community has warned we have just eleven years to avoid catastrophic climate breakdown. We are degrading our planet and polluting our air – damaging our children’s health and their hopes for the future. The alarm bells are ringing but are governments listening?

We are inspired by the young people who are striking for climate action, but we can’t leave it to our children to fix the mess that past generations have created.

On the 12th May – International Mother’s Day – mums, dads, grandparents and families will be taking to the streets in London and beyond to demand that action.

Together with worried parents across the globe we are calling on governments to declare a climate emergency. We want governments – particularly those of wealthy polluting nations – to commit to much faster emission reductions for the sake of our children and our planet. They must act now before it’s too late.

Yours,

Amanda Abbington, Actor; Sally Abbott, Writer; Qari Asim MBE, The Mosques and Imams National Advisory Board; Margaret Atwood, Writer;  Rakie Ayola, Actor; Richard Bacon, Radio and TV presenter; Craig Bennett, CEO, Friends of the Earth; Max Beesley, Actor; Kieren Bew, Actor; Kevin Bishop, Actor; Paul Blomfield MP, Labour; Michelle Bonnard, Actor; Clemency Burton-Hill, Radio Presenter & Writer; Nathan Bryon, Actor & Writer; Winnie Byanyima, Executive Director of Oxfam International; Richie Campbell, Actor; Jake Canuso, Actor; Gretchen Castle, General Secretary, Friends World Committee for Consultation (Quakers); Jake Chapman, Artist; Dr Ellie Cannon, GP & Broadcaster; Ha-Joon Chang, Economist & Author, University of Cambridge; Abby Clancy, Model & TV Personality; Louisa Clein, Actor; Ann Coffey MP, Change UK; Professor Anthony Costello, Professor of Global Health and Sustainable Development, University College London; Peter Crouch, Footballer; Jamie Cullum, Singer-Songwriter; Sophie Dahl, Author & former Fashion Model; Rt Revd. Dr Guli Francis-Dehqani, Bishop of Loughborough; Sandrine Dixson-Declève, Co-President of the Club of Rome; Omid Djalili, Comedian; Professor Pauline Dube, Co-Author of the UN IPCC Special Report 1.5; Frida Eklund, Our Kids Climate; Rose Ferguson, Model and Nutritionist; Paloma Faith, Singer, Songwriter & Actor; Christiana Figueres, Former Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change; Livia Firth, Founder and Creative Director of Eco-Age; Sandra Freij, Parents for Future UK; Bella Freud, Fashion Designer; Emma Freud, Broadcaster & Commentator; Sadie Frost, Actor & Producer; Dr Birute Galdikas, Scientist and President of the Orangutan Foundation International; Denise Gough, Actor; Julie Graham, Actor; Matthew Graham, Writer, producer; Rev Giles Goddard, Vicar, St John’s Waterloo; Clara Goldsmith, Director, The Climate Coalition; Janey Godley, Comedian; Demetri Goritsas, Actor; Daisy Haggard, Actor; Dr James Hansen, Director of Climate Science, Awareness and Solutions program, The Earth Institute at Columbia University; Steven Hartley, Actor; Douglas Henshall, Actor; Wera Hobhouse MP, Liberal Democrat; Neil Jameson, Emeritus Director of Citizens UK; Jaye Jacobs, Actor; Jo Joyner, Actor; Phil Jupitus, Comedian; Konnie Huq, Broadcaster and Writer; Dr Terence Kemple, Former President of Royal College of General Practitioners 2015-2017; Harun Rashid Khan, Leader Muslim Council of Britain; Omar Khan, Director, Runnymede Trust; Shappi Khorsandi, Comedian; Rosamund Kissi-Debrah, Children & Young People’s Advocate; Amanda Khozi Mukwashi, Chief Executive, Christian Aid; Jude Law, Actor; Kathy Lette, Author; Gary Lineker, Former footballer and TV presenter; Caroline Lucas MP, Green Party; Sarah Marcus, Communications Director, Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants; Kate McGowan, Actor; Laura Marks OBE, Co-founder of Nisa-Nashim; John McNally MP, SNP; Poppy Miller, Actor; Ed Milliband MP, Labour; Joseph Millson, Actor; Emily Mortimer, Actor and Screenwriter; Mamphela Raphele, Co-President of the Club of Rome; Con O’Neill, Actor; David Nicholls, Writer; Tim O’Riordan, British Geographer and Emeritus Professor of Environmental Sciences at UEA; Angelique Orr, Campaigns Director, 350.org; Tamzin Outhwaite, Actor; Chris Packham, TV Presenter and Naturalist; Craig Parkinson, Actor; Gopal Patel, Director, Bhumi Project; Heather Peace, Actor and Musician; Matthew Pennycook, Labour MP; Alistair Petrie, Actor; Sarah Phelps, Writer; Arlene Philips, Choreographer, Theatre Director, & TV Presenter; Paul Polman, Chair, International Chamber of Commerce, and former CEO of Unilever; Andy Pryor, Casting Director; Kate Quilton, TV presenter and journalist; Kate Raworth, Economist; Abdullah Rehman MBE, Tell MAMA, West Midlands Coordinator; Mary Robinson, Former President of Ireland and Former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights; Dr Russell Rook, Founding Partner, Good Faith Partnership; Jemima Rooper, Actor; Mark Rose, CEO Fauna & Flora International; Catherine Russell, Actor; Caroline Russell, London Assembly Member, Green Party; John Sauven, Director Greenpeace UK; Angela Scanlon, Television Presenter and Broadcaster; Michael Sheen, Actor; Kamran Shezad, Faith For The Climate; Kellie Shirley, Actor; Julie Siddiqi, Co-Founder of Nisa-Nashim; Prubhyjot Singh, EcoSikh; Sunetra Sarker, Actor;  Sarah Solemani, Actor; Alex Sopel MP, Labour; Dawn Steele, Actor; Tanya Steele, Chief Executive, WWF; James Strong, Director, Nima Suchak, International Society for Krishna Consciousness; Zoë Tapper, Actor; Jack Thorne, Writer; Kate Thornton – Presenter; Dr Ruth Valerio, Global Advocacy & Influencing Director, Tearfund; Rt Revd. Jo Wells, Bishop of Dorking; Revd. Dr Sam Wells, Vicar, St-Martin-in-the-Fields; Juliet Stevenson, Actor; Jason Watkins, Actor; Dr Rowan Williams, Former Archbishop of Canterbury; Anna Whitehouse, Founder of Mother Pukka; Farhana Yamin International Climate Change Lawyer and XR Political Team Coordinator.Writer