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Climate change is terrifying. I don't want to wait to see what happens when my son, when our children grow up. I want to do something about it now.

– Elif, mum to Mert (11), London.
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2021 – A year for climate action

2021 will be a big year for the climate with a major international summit taking place in Glasgow in November. Mothers Rise Up is working with parents’ groups in the UK and around the world to demand urgent climate action. For more information follow us on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.

 

Windfarm action calls for fair and green economic recovery from COVID-19

Parents and families outside Downing Street calling on Boris Johnson to deliver a brighter and bolder #GreenRecovery for the sake of our kids.

“The pandemic has brought worry and heartache to millions of families in the UK and beyond. We all want governments to do everything in their power to stop the virus spreading and help get people back on their feet. For the sake of our children, we also need governments to put the same energy and investment into preventing an even greater climate catastrophe unfolding across the globe.” – Julie Walters, actor.

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energy efficiency, expanding public transport, boosting green energy, and restoring nature – than rebooting our outdated dirty fossil fuel economy.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.

Celebrating Mother's Day in a crisis

Mum, doctor and campaigner, Jenny Harper-Gow on the Coronavirus and climate crisis: Read Jenny’s blog

Pushchair and Rhyme Time Action

Pushchair protest

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.

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UN Climate Summit

Mothers Rise Up is proud to be one of more then 200 parent groups to have signed onto a plea to negotiators at the UN Climate Summit in Madrid to act quickly to curb climate change for the sake of all our children.