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Fans urged to Act on Copenhagen

Ed Miliband told ECBtv that cricket fans need to be aware of climate change

The ECB has today lent its support to measures to make cricket fans more aware of the impact climate change could have on their sport.

Cricket supporters are also being made conscious of the Copenhagen conference in December that will see world governments reach a new global settlement on climate change.

ECB activity includes messages in the match day programmes and on big screens at forthcoming npower Ashes Tests that will highlight climate change and promote npower's Climate Cops campaign to get kids across the UK to 'spend an hour with no power'.

The campaign encourages children to 'join in, switch off and get out there' - and spend 60 minutes using no power at all, every day for two whole weeks. The campaign will be promoted at the Headingley Test and hundreds of kids attending the match will receive a free wall chart for them to take part in the mission.

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Ed Miliband, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, will deliver the following message to cricket fans:

“Every cricket fan knows to keep an eye on the weather – especially in England. And every fan of Test cricket can see the countries that will benefit most from stopping climate change – in England and around the world.

"For the West Indies, global action on climate change can help prevent increasingly severe hurricanes. For Bangladesh, it will prevent the worst sea level rises and flooding. For Australia, it means preventing more droughts.

"And here in England, the Met Office tells us that acting on climate change can prevent a future where Edgbaston and the West Midlands lose a quarter of their summer rainwater, Headingley and the rest of Yorkshire face winters with 25 per cent more rain and snow, and in London average summer temperatures increase by 5ºC.

Ed Miliband

Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change Ed Miliband is urging people to take notice of Copenhagen

"Making sure we prevent the worst climate change will need action from all of us, and many cricket clubs are showing that they are rising to the challenge through the Go Green project and other initiatives.

"It’s great to see that the ECB is taking steps to turn cricket green, and working with its partners here at the Test to show children how they too can make a difference. The transition to a low-carbon society needs us all to act, and to persuade others of the benefits.

"Change doesn’t happen just because governments want it but because people demand it, and when the world leaders meet in Copenhagen this December to reach a global agreement on climate change, they need to know that people around the world want ambitious action."

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