Why we exist
Legislators around the world are crucial to delivering our climate and nature goals: They shape the urgent task of transforming international commitment into domestic delivery.
Peers for the Planet exists to mobilise a powerful resource for change, by bringing together and supporting diverse legislators in the House of the Lords who want to put systemic environmental threats, and associated socio-economic challenges, at the top of the political agenda. Our model for change is non-partisan and collaborative in nature.
The problem we are addressing
Since the group established there has been a significant step change in the prominence of climate and nature issues in the Lords, with Peers working together to secure climate provisions in legislation and make the case for urgent and ambitious policies that will also set a high standard internationally.
Why a parliamentary grouping and why the Lords?
There are outstanding environmental experts and experience in the parliament, but the twin threats of climate change and nature loss are of such scale and urgency that faster progress is crucial if we are to meet our net zero targets.
Whilst action by Government and in the House of Commons is essential, the House of Lords has considerable power as a second chamber to initiate and alter legislation, and is the only place where legislation is scrutinised line-by-line.
By creating an independent function, and by drawing on the expertise of Peers from all parties and none, Peers for the Planet helps Peers who are not necessarily veteran environmentalists and builds cross-party momentum that can inform the political agenda and win ambitious but practical changes in policies and laws, regardless of which party is in Government at any given time.
The Upper House can bring long-term thinking and draw on expert members with depth and breadth of experience from across disciplines. The Lords has a culture of collaboration, a track-record of securing world-leading reform in societal interest and the ability to use its global standing to partner with other Parliaments around the world. The grouping also provides a constructive bridge for connecting legislators to the efforts of other experts and stakeholders working in this field.
We need a decade of urgent and sustained action to reverse current trends. We believe Peers have an opportunity and a responsibility to provide sustained momentum and thought leadership on climate and nature issues through this decade to 2030, reflecting the latest IPCC timeline.
We are a registered non-profit
A registered non-profit entity has been created in order to provide staffing, secretariat and organisational support to the Lords grouping, as well as facilitating access to the latest research and insight from a broad range of experts and other stakeholders.
Who funds us?
Our work is made possible through the generous support of our funders, who share our objectives of tackling climate change and nature loss. Funders have no involvement in the day to day work of the group.
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