DECC Launches #BackClimateAction Debate on Twitter
The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has taken the unusual step of launching a day of Twitter engagement to encourage members of the public to pose questions and give ideas on how climate change might impact their lives. Using the hastag #BackClimateAction, the initiative will focus on a different topic each hour including food, water, health the natural environment and biodiversity, closing at 9pm this evening.
Environmental engagement charity Hubbub have been working closely with government officials on the idea, recruiting a number of high profile businesses to take part as well as NGOs and other government departments.
Climate Change Minister Amber Rudd is fully behind the approach; speaking on environmental website edie.net she said, “In creating this global Twitter relay we will help people to understand the possible impacts of climate change on day to day life as well demonstrate the level of government commitment to action.”
Yesterday, the results of a Populus poll concluded that 73% of those interviewed want world leaders to agree a global deal to tackle climate change when they meet in Paris next year. The poll of 2000 members of the public showed overwhelming support for immediate action, with only 20% of respondents prepared to ‘wait a few years.‘
DECC are also putting together a Storify Board of the day which can be viewed here