In July 2020, mums and dads created a wind farm outside Downing Street to call on the Prime Minister to deliver a fair and green economic recovery from COVID-19.
Parents marched from Parliament Square to Downing Street with huge hand-held turbines to represent the low carbon revival needed to create jobs for our children today and help ensure a safe climate tomorrow.
On the same day over 100 prominent parents including actors, Julie Walters, and Lily Cole; tech entrepreneur, Martha Lane-Fox; scientist Professor Robert Winston; author, Michael Morpurgo; singer, Paloma Faith; and presenter, Konnie Huq, published an open letter to the Prime Minister echoing these demands. The letter highlights that the government can create more jobs, more quickly by investing in a low carbon recovery – improving energy efficiency, expanding public transport, boosting green energy, and restoring nature – than rebooting our outdated dirty fossil fuel economy.
Rosamund Kissi-Deborah, whose daughter Ellie suffered a fatal asthma attack as a result of air pollution said:
“Air pollution kills 40,000 people in the UK every year and new research shows that the coronavirus is more deadly in areas of high air pollution. Ensuring every child, woman and man in the UK has clean air to breathe should be a government priority for the sake of our health, our economy and our climate.”
The action was organised with Parents for Future.
Mum, doctor and campaigner, Jenny Harper-Gow on the Coronavirus and climate crisis: Read Jenny’s blog
On 23 September 2019 we gathered with pushchairs for a climate rhyme protest outside Downing Street and the headquarters of Shell and BP – two of the world’s biggest polluters to demand climate action.
The protest generated lots of media attention around the failure of government and the big fossil fuel companies to act and sparked a lengthy – but not especially encouraging – discussion with a representative of BP.