Very soon we will be having a General Election. As Swindon has two marginal seats, this means that we will soon be getting much more attention than normal from national politicians of all political parties. This gives us, ordinary members of the public, the opportunity to influence national politics in a way that does not normally happen, because at election time they will listen to the issues raised if enough people happen to mention them. Door-step canvassers, opinion pollsters, political agents as well as the politicians themselves will be out in force to get an idea of public opinion and to identifiy any bandwagon they can jump on if they think they can get support.
With this in mind, a group of non-government organisations (which includes Oxfam, Greenpeace and RSPB) have got together to campaign in the 50 most marginal constituencies (that includes Swindon South) to get the subject of climate change onto the political agenda at the election. The campaign is called ‘Ask the Climate Question’ and is being lead in Swindon South by WWF, supported by SCAN. A ‘Climate Change Question Time’ event has been organised on Thursday 29th April, 7.30-9.30pm at The Pilgrim Centre, Regent Circus, Swindon, SN1 1PX to which anyone will be welcome to question the prospective candidates. (This is in addition to a more general political election question time at the Wyvern Theatre on Monday 26th April at 7pm)
Climate change is seen as the biggest single threat to human life by all environmental charities and development agencies, but it is highly likely that politicians will try to ignore it at the election as it requires too many difficult decisions. So this campaign is trying to change this and is calling on individuals to raise the issue with politicians, in person, in letters to the press, in emails and by writing letters. The challenge is for us to ‘Ask the Climate Question’.
We hope to see you on 29th April. In any event, don’t forget to ‘Ask the Climate Question’ in the next few weeks.
Swindon Climate Action Network (SCAN)