Organisations and individuals who have achieved extraordinary reductions in their Carbon footprint were among the ‘Green Heart Heroes’ Toby Perkins MP met at a recent Parliamentary awards event.

Toby Perkins MP joined over 40 of his parliamentary colleagues on the 11 March in the Palace of Westminster to celebrate the efforts of those tackling climate change up and down the country.

The Chesterfield MP came to the Palace of Westminster on Monday evening for The Climate Coalition’s Green Heart Hero Awards.

The ceremony – which recognised the efforts of green schools, businesses and MPs, sustainable sports projects and overseas schemes – was hosted by television and radio presenter Clive Anderson, and featured Sky News journalist Kay Burley alongside a number of other award presenters.

Toby Perkins MP said: “It’s been such an inspiring evening seeing the actions of others – from football clubs to primary schools – all of which are taking the fight to tackle climate change into their own hands. It was great to see so many constituents alongside their MPs, all working towards a cleaner future.

“I’m proud to have attended the awards wearing my green heart and showing my support for a net zero future before 2050. I want to be part of leaving a legacy for future generations that we can all be proud of.”

The Climate Coalition is made up of more than 130 organisations representing over 15 million people, ranging from aid agencies such as CAFOD and Christian Aid to groups such as the Women’s Institute, WWF, RSPB, and the National Trust.

The awards ceremony follows on from the fifth year of the Coalition’s Show The Love campaign, which sees people from all walks of life – faith groups, sports clubs, businesses, schoolchildren – come together to Show the Love for all that they want to protect from climate change.

Clara Goldsmith, Director of Campaigns at The Climate Coalition, said:

“It’s fantastic to see the work that people from all over the country are doing to protect the things we love from climate change.

“Climate change is already changing the things we love in the UK. It’s also hitting the most vulnerable people, whether that’s very young or elderly people struggling with heat waves here at home or those in communities overseas affected by a loss of crops or more severe disasters.

“It’s important we take the time to celebrate the incredible people taking their futures into their own hands. Now we need to see the government to set an ambitious target to reduce emissions”

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