A TEENAGER from Farndon was among a group of young people who took their environmental concerns to Parliament to challenge MPs in the run up to the General Election.
Student Susan Markham, a member of the RSPB Phoenix Forum, lobbied MPs from the three main political parties about their plans for the environment.
The ‘Question Time’ event gave young people the chance to put questions to the politicians on a range of environmental issues including climate change, safeguarding our sealife and stopping extinction – issues that are also at the heart of the RSPB’s conservation work.
Taking questions were Jo Swinson, Liberal Democrat MP for East Dunbartonshire, Stephen Crabb, Conservative MP for Preseli Pembrokeshire and David Drew, Labour MP for Stroud.
Susan, 17, challenged the MPs about what they were going to do about the palm oil plantations that have led to the destruction of huge areas of rainforest in Asia and Central America.
She said: “I think our MPs need to think about environmental issues on a global scale. It is vital we protect our tropical rainforests. Not only are they important for helping to slow down climate change, but they are also home to thousands of species that depend the habitat for their survival.”
The RSPB’s Letter to the Future Campaign is urging politicians to consider the health of the planet, for the sake of future generations, when they are making decisions about where to invest money and where to make cuts [note 2].
To date, more than 160,000 people have signed the letter demonstrating the strength of popular support for investment in nature.