Peers for the Planet launched in January 2020 to bring together diverse Members of the House of Lords who want to put the need for an urgent response to climate change and nature loss at the top of the political agenda.
The group supports cross-party collaboration and builds knowledge and thought leadership in order to help unlock the huge social and economic benefits of decarbonisation and protecting the environment.
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 the House of Lords?
At a time of social and economic challenge in the UK there is a serious risk that the critical threats of climate change and nature loss are not given the attention they need within Parliament.
Whilst action by Government and in the House of Commons are essential, the UK House of Lords has considerable power as a second chamber to initiate and alter legislation and to use its global standing to partner with other Parliaments around the world. The Upper House can bring long-term thinking and draw on expert members from across disciplines, from science to business to humanitarian relief.
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.
Why a parliamentary grouping?
There are outstanding environmental experts and experience in the House, but the twin threats of climate change and nature loss are of such scale and urgency that we believe that we could make faster progress together with support from a broadly-based group of peers.
By creating an independent function, Peers for the Planet aims to help Peers who are not necessarily veteran environmentalists and to build 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.
As well as putting a ‘climate lens’ over the business of legislating we are also committed to amplifying the work of other stakeholders working to tackle climate and nature issues.
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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