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The announcement of a climate change bill in the Queen's Speech was welcomed by Friends of the Earth today (15 November). The environmental group, which has led the call for new climate legislation through The Big Ask campaign, also said that the proposed new Bill must include annual targets for cutting carbon dioxide.

Radiohead's Thom Yorke launched The Big Ask campaign in May 2005. Since then over 100,000 people from across the country have taken action in support of the need for a climate change law that will commit the UK to making annual cuts in its carbon dioxide emissions of at least three per cent.

All the main opposition parties have backed the bill and 412 MPs - almost two thirds of MPs overall, and a majority in every party sitting in Parliament - have signed a Parliamentary petition (Early Day Motion 178) calling for new legislation "so that annual cuts in carbon dioxide emissions of three per cent can be delivered."

Friends of the Earth Director, Tony Juniper said:

"We are delighted that a Climate Change Bill was announced in today's Queen's Speech - this is something Friends of the Earth has been campaigning for through The Big Ask climate campaign. The Bill is a crucial first step in ensuring the UK plays its part in keeping temperatures below danger levels. The next step is to ensure the Bill delivers the cuts that are needed through the introduction of annual targets for reducing the UK's carbon dioxide emissions."

Johnny Borrell, lead singer of Razorlight who emailed his MP about the need for a climate change law said:

"This is fantastic news for everyone who supported The Big Ask, Friends of the Earth's campaign for a climate change law. This includes thousands of Razorlight fans who have taken time out to write to their MP. We will be keeping an eye on what happens next to make sure that the Bill really makes a real difference."

David Miliband, Secretary of State for the Environment said:

"Friends of the Earth have played a big role in pressing the case for action on climate change. Today's Bill is a big step forward in tackling climate change and we will work with them and many others to make sure it works"

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Friends of the Earth is a member of the Stop Climate Chaos coalition which brings together environment and development organisations, unions, faith, community and women's groups. The coalition's campaign, "I Count" is designed to inspire personal and political action and counter the view that climate change is too big a problem to fix. More information at:

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