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Prime Minister Boris Johnson,

This is your chance to leave an historic legacy.

Wild weather, raging fires, deadly floods and rising seas are sweeping the globe. They’re caused by human-made emissions and the destruction of nature, and they’re devastating lives here and across the world.

The damage we’re doing to rainforests, oceans and our own countryside means there are some sights our grandchildren will never see and some cultures that will be lost forever.

Lives and livelihoods are already being torn apart in communities on the frontlines of the crisis.

The public’s concern about climate change has reached an all-time high [1]. We expect you to protect our future. Your success or failure will be written about in the history books. 

You could be remembered for agreeing a global plan to cut emissions to stop the world heating by more than 1.5℃, and leading by example in the UK by drawing the fossil fuel era to a close.

You could be remembered for leading global commitments to restore and protect nature in the next decade, and leading by example in the UK by building back our woodland and peatlands that capture carbon and slow down climate change.

You could be remembered for ensuring there is financial support to meet the scale of the impacts faced by the people and communities most affected by climate change globally, and leading by example in the UK by investing to create new green jobs. 

Failing to face the biggest existential threat since World War II will be no legacy at all. Will you deliver an historic climate deal that respects the contract between this generation and the next? 

Yours sincerely,

The Climate Coalition, representing 22 million people across the UK.

Source: www.theclimatecoalition.org/open-letter-cop26

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