Get Your Candidates to commit to the 3 Demands Bill and safeguard your future
The Climate and Ecological Emergency Bill contains Extinction Rebellion’s Three Demands. That’s why we’re calling it the Three Demands Bill.
If enacted, these will become law. The draft of the bill has been put together by a number of XR working groups around the country and in consultation with the campaign group Power for People.
Building on the hundreds of declarations and ambitious targets set by local authorities, public health institutions, cultural organisations and unions, the bill covers the declaration of an emergency, the target date for zero emissions and the setting up of a Citizens’ Assembly.
Election Rebellion is an opportunity for all of us to lobby General Election candidates and mobilise everyone to support the bill.
This is an opportunity for people and organisations who feel unable to support XR’s direct actions to join with rebels and campaign for the political changes required for us to face this emergency together.
What’s the bill about?
The Climate and Ecological Emergency Bill calls on the Government to:
- Declare a climate and ecological emergency within one month of passing the bill
- Declare the target date of 31st December 2025 to reach zero greenhouse gas emissions and halt activities which are leading to the extinction of species
- Establish a citizens’ assembly consisting of a representative sample of the public, selected by sortition.
The bill sets out the bodies and panels needed to run and oversee the citizens’ assembly. A coordinating body, appointed by public tendering, will facilitate the assembly and carry out the selection process for assembly members.
An advisory board will select the experts who will brief the assembly on the climate and ecological emergency, as well as on how the policies needed will affect different sections of society.
Finally, an oversight panel – half of whose members will be randomly selected – will oversee matters such as the selection of experts and the materials provided to assembly members. In addition, the Committee on Climate Change is tasked with setting biennial carbon budgets leading up to 2025.
How does the Three Demands Bill become law?
A bill must be passed by the House of Commons and the House of Lords. It is then given Royal Assent and becomes an Act of Parliament – i.e. it enters law. This is a lengthy process with a series of steps involving debate in the chambers themselves as well as line-by-line consideration in committees.
The 2008 Climate Change Act took three years! But we obviously need to get our bill through in a fraction of that time…
The Three Demands Bill can be tabled as a Private Member’s Bill, these are bills that are not part of the government’s planned legislation and are introduced by MPs who are not cabinet ministers. It is therefore generally a lot harder to get these bills passed. Which is why we need to get as many candidates as possible to back the Three Demands Bill so they can then support it when elected.
There can be 12 names on the Bill itself, with further MPs declaring their support. You need a simple majority of MPs present (or peers in the House of Lords) to vote in favour of the bill for it to be passed – assuming you have a quorum (40/30 in the Commons/Lords respectively).
We must #ActNow to safeguard the future of our friends, families and children. Get your candidates to sign the #ThreeDemandsBill now.
We are facing a man-made disaster on a global scale.
Once climate change becomes a defining issue for financial stability, it may already be too late.
I am firmly of the view that the next 18 months will decide our ability to keep climate change to survivable levels
If we can save the banks, we can save the world.
The future of the human race is now at stake.