TOGETHER WE CAN CREATE A CLEAN AND SECURE FUTURE
Along with our sister organisations Stop Climate Chaos Cymru and Stop Climate Chaos Scotland, we are a group of over 130 organisations — including the National Trust, Women's Institute, Oxfam, and RSPB — reaching across the UK to show our love for all the things we want to protect from climate change, and to ask politicians to put aside their differences and commit to doing whatever is necessary to protect them.
Climate change is already impacting on the things we love and cherish both here in our own backyards and around the world — whether it is the pitches where we play cricket and football, the puffins who make their home along our coastlines, the woodlands where we walk, or communities affected by extreme weather events in other countries. It can be seen in increased flooding and droughts, summer heatwaves, and more unpredictable weather. It is changing the seasons, upsetting crops and flowers, and disturbing the journeys of migrating birds.
These people, places and lives may be changing, but our love for them is stronger than ever and we can make sure this love is felt by those who can make a world of difference. See more on how our two annual moments help achieve this — our flagship Show The Love moment and the Speak Up Week.
the people, places and life we love are at risk from climate change
We can protect the world we love from climate change if we shift to a world powered by clean and secure energy within a generation. Around the world and here in Britain, more and more individuals, institutions and governments are supporting and taking action to transition to cleaner, and more secure ways to power our world.
We believe a world powered by clean energy is both possible and essential. Much of the technology to achieve this already exists, and the move to renewable energy is gathering pace in our communities and all over the world.
"Changing weather patterns affect farming and also the world we live in. In terms of what we can do to help, being a farmer is working with the environment to maintain food and energy security — doing things that have the least impact possible, such as using green energy.
As a young farmer, our time is now. I've got a career and a family, and I want to look after them and leave the farm and world for the next generations."
-Richard Bower, Farmer
OUR STRENGTH IS IN OUR MEMBERS. TOGETHER WE ARE 15 MILLION STRONG.
OUR IMPACT AND SUCCESSES
An incredible 85% of people in the UK support renewable energy — and yet people think it has only 9% of public support. We address this gap by reaching and inspiring new public audiences to engage with the issue of climate change.
More and more of us are feeling the effects of climate change on what we love in our everyday lives and in our communities. We turn that into a strong and unified voice politicians cannot avoid listening to.
By working with partners at key times, we make sure that public voice is heard by those who can make a difference in creating a cleaner, more secure future. This has helped tip the balance in favour of landmark UK Government decisions in recent years like a pledge to phase out coal power stations in 2015 and ratification of the Paris Climate Agreement in 2016.
2005: THE CLIMATE COALITION IS FORMED
In the summer of 2005, The Climate Coalition is formed—originally under the name Stop Climate Chaos—bringing together organisations from across the UK to create a unified voice on climate change. Our first matter of business? Calling for a climate law with annual emission cuts!
2008: THE CLIMATE CHANGE ACT IS MADE LAW
We helped launch the Big Ask Campaign, which called for a new UK climate change law that would commit the government to cutting emissions by at least 80% by 2050. People across the country swung into action, with environmental groups, energy companies, MPs, celebrities, and the general public all supporting this historic bill. By October, MPs had voted in favour of the first in the world Climate Change Act- the first of its kind anywhere in the world- which remains an important tool in tackling climate change as it continues to commit the government to yearly emission reductions.
2015: SHOW THE LOVE LAUNCHES
The inaugural Show The Love campaign is here! The campaign kicks off with an ode to the life we love, with Ridley Scott Associates and some of our favourite celebrities—from Stephen Fry, Dermot O’Leary and Alison Steadman, to Jarvis Cocker, Raymond Blanc and Meera Syal—helping to bring this love to life with a film featuring the evocative lines of ‘Sonnet 18,’ Shakespeare’s famous love poem.
2015: LEADERS PLEDGE TO TACKLE CLIMATE CHANGE TOGETHER
Proving that a little love can go a long way, the Show The Love campaign lead to the remarkable move of then Prime Minister David Cameron, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, and leader of the opposition party Ed Miliband pledging to work across party lines to tackle climate change. With 2015 culminating in the Paris Summit, this pledge was pivotal in the UK taking a global leadership role that would help make the monumental Paris Agreement possible, and lead the way to a commitment to phase out coal power by 2025.
2015: 10,000 PEOPLE SPEAK UP TO THEIR MPS ABOUT CLIMATE CHANGE
In the summer before the Paris Summit, everyone from beekeepers to surfers to nuns joined us outside Parliament to ask their their MPs to protect the things they love that are at risk from climate change. We were an incredible 10,000 voices strong, and together we successfully spoke to over 250 MPs.
2016: SPEAK UP WEEK LAUNCHES
Following the unprecedented Paris Agreement, we organised the first Speak Up Week to celebrate the progress that was being made and ensure climate change was kept at the top of the political agenda. We asked people in all corners of the country to help make this happen by hosting special events in their neighbourhoods and invite their MP along—and thanks to their enthusiasm and support, over 200 climate conversations were had!
2017: LORD'S ANNOUNCES THEY'RE GOING 100% RENEWABLE
To kick off the third annual Show The Love campaign, we teamed up with Lord’s Cricket Ground to help them celebrate going 100% renewable. As the first cricket ground in the country to run fully on renewable energy, they are paving the way for the future of cricket as the sport is increasingly disrupted by extreme weather linked to climate change.
2018: WE SHOW THE LOVE FOR SPORTS
It’s not just cricket that is at risk from climate change. Some of the UK’s most loved sports, including golf, football and skiing, are being threatened by the changing climate and the extreme weather that it brings. As part of the fourth annual Show The Love campaign, we dug deep into this unexpected threat and how together we can help protect the sports we love—a poignant story that was shared across the headlines, including the Daily Mail. BBC Sport, and the Financial Times.
2018: WE CELEBRATE OUR GREEN HEART HEROES
Culminating the fourth annual Show The Love campaign, we launched our first Green Heart Hero Awards—an opportunity to give a big round of applause to the movers, shakers, and doers who are paving the way to a cleaner future. Our inaugural ceremony in Speaker’s House in Parliament featured an incredible audience, including over 40 MPs from across all major political parties, Prime Minister Theresa May, Climate Minister Claire Perry, sport and business leaders, and inspirational community members.
2018: OVER 180 MPS AND PEERS SUPPORT A NET ZERO TARGET
As part of the third annual Speak Up Week, people across the country had conversations with their MPs to ask them to support a future where the UK no longer contributes to climate change. Over 180 (and counting!)MPs and Peers heard these calls loud and clear, and signed a cross-party joint letter to the Prime Minister asking her to back a zero emissions target by 2050.