Hope for the Future met with Shadow Minister for Employment and Inequalities, Margaret Greenwood MP. Following the meeting, Margaret has pledged to call on the Parliamentary Pension Fund to divest from fossil fuels and create a world leading fund in responsible investment if reelected as MP. You can read Ms Greenwood's statement on her Facebook page here.
Ms Greenwood's office wrote the following a press release about Hope for the Future and the importance of action on climate change.
"Margaret Greenwood MP has met with representatives from Hope for the Future, a national advice body for individuals, groups, faith communities and non-governmental organisations seeking to engage UK politicians on climate change.
Ms Greenwood met with Jo Musker-Sherwood, who is Director of Hope for the Future, and Laura D’Henin who is a Researcher and from Wirral.
Among the issues talked about in the meeting were Underground Coal Gasification (UCG) in the Dee Estuary, something which Margaret Greenwood, previously a member of the Environmental Audit Select Committee in Parliament, has long spoken out against.
Other issues affecting Wirral that were raised included flooding, protection for bird life, and biodiversity in the River Dee, as well as fuel poverty.
Ms Greenwood commented: “I was pleased to have the chance to meet with Hope for the Future and get to know about the work they do and what they hope to achieve. I was particularly interested to hear their thoughts about issues affecting Wirral.”
Jo said: “Hope for the Future aims to build working partnerships with MPs to address issues around climate change. It was pleasing to meet a supportive MP in Margaret and we know she has spoken out about climate change and related matters on several occasions in Parliament.”
Laura added: “The issue of climate change is very important. As a resident of Wirral, I am very concerned about the increase in flooding in recent years and the effect it could have on our beautiful coastline.”
Hope for the Future’s primary aim is to work with both communities and politicians to get climate change onto the political agenda, and their overall vision is to see politicians of all political persuasions joining together with each other and communities across the UK to take decisive action on climate change."
You can read more about the Divest Parliament movement here.