Seven out of every ten Midlanders believe the Government is not doing enough about climate change, a new survey has revealed.
The Friends of the Earth poll launches a new campaign, The Big Ask, calling on the Government to bring in a new law which will tackle climate change by setting legally-binding targets to cut carbon dioxide emissions by three per cent every year.
The NOP survey for the environmental pressure group reveals 70 per cent of people surveyed in the Midlands do not think that the Government is working hard enough to combat global warming - slightly lower than the national figure of 73 per cent. According to the poll, 52 per cent of people in the Midlands think the Government should be taking the lead on climate change, 28 per cent said individuals should and 14 per cent said business must be the prime movers in combating emissions.
Chris Crean, Friends of the Earth's West Midlands spokesman, said: "Urgent action is desperately needed. But despite government promises to cut carbon dioxide levels, emissions are continuing to rise."
He added: "The Big Ask campaign aims to make the Government legally responsible for tackling climate change. We want a new law requiring Ministers to cut pollution by three per cent each year, making it easier and cheaper to meet the UK's carbon dioxide reduction targets.
"But we also need the public to help by asking the Government why it isn't acting on global warming? and asking their MPs to back the Climate Change Bill." The national campaign is launched by Thom Yorke from art rockers Radiohead today - his first public role as a "Special Representative" for Friends of the Earth.
Measures FoE are calling on the Government to introduce range from incentives to buy fuel efficient cars and appliances, a comprehensive programme of energy efficiency measures and higher standards for new houses. They also want the replacement of oldinefficient coal- fired power stations with stateof- the- art models, the development of more renewable energy and massive investment in public transport.