Campaign asks charities to commit to tackling climate change

Charities are being called on to sign up to a Third Sector Declaration on Climate Change and pledge to reduce their carbon footprint.

The declaration was launched on Monday by Ed Miliband, Minister for the Third Sector, and his brother David, Minister for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. It is part of Every Action Counts, a government initiative to champion sustainability in the sector, delivered by a consortium of voluntary organisations.

Groups that sign up to the declaration will be expected to publicly advocate behaviour that combats climate change, support policies for environmental and social justice, and encourage beneficiaries to make changes in their lives and their communities.

“The third sector has shown time and again its ability to reach out to all sorts of people and inspire them to take steps to change their lives and their communities,” said Ed Miliband. “I hope this declaration will be a catalyst for action – and add to the growing momentum behind our national response to this crucial challenge.”

Mark Walton, head of Every Action Counts, added: “This declaration is about encouraging all types of community and voluntary sector groups, no matter what their size, to start making environmentally friendly choices that will help reduce our carbon footprint.”

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