22 May 2013

1 Year to Go - The NW Appeal

Before you read the message below, I urge you to watch this 30-second video

What we are doing to the planet is dangerous and we are now seeing the impacts of our changing climate. In England in 2012 we experienced the wettest year ever, despite three months of intense drought from January to March. We also saw Hurricane Sandy hit the North East United States and an Australian summer of extreme weather that smashed 52 previous records.

Most dangerously, the summer ice in the Arctic Ocean is now in a precarious state, with many scientists predicting open water at the North Pole in September of this year. The last remaining parts of the old Multi Year Ice began fracturing in February, before the sun had even risen on parts of the Arctic, as it started melting from below.

The European Elections will take place on 22nd May 2014. We have just 1 year left to prepare for the Green Party breakthrough that needs to happen in our region. We've seen unprecedented coverage of UKIP and their angry anti-European, anti-immigration rhetoric and their climate change denialism. They have positioned themselves as the party of protest against the reds, yellows and blues. They will be given the media resources to do it, with rich friends and now overtures from Rupert Murdoch.

To combat that we need our own paid Press Officer, rather than relying on volunteers alone.

This is what we are up against (based on the last European Election year, 2009):

UKIP Media spending in the North West in 2009 = £54,250
Green Media spending in the North West in 2009 = £3,371
(Source: https://pefonline.electoralcommission.org.uk/Search/CampaignExpenditureSearch.aspx)

The 2014 European Elections are vital. In order to address Climate Change, we need European and Global co-operation. It is no surprise that the paid up climate change denial lobby are desperate to see UKIP do well and to get Britain out of Europe. Their self interest is obvious. So we need our positive message to get across but we don't have much time left - that's why I'm writing to you today.

I want a future for my two children. I want them to grow up in a world where we can be proud of a society based on fairness and social justice. I want them to grow up in a society that has found the right solutions for Climate Change and is implementing them.

There are 50 Green MEPs in the European Parliament today. We need to at least double that voice next year if we are going to get the mandate to urgently implement measure to reduce and mitigate the effects of Climate Change.

Our seat in the North West is at the front line - we must win it. Can you help us?

Peter Cranie
Prospective Green MEP for North West England

How you can help

We need 20 donations of £400 now, to fund a part-time NWGP press officer until the European Election.
We also need regular monthly donations (whatever you can afford!) to enable us to develop our electoral materials and online campaign tools.

If you can help, please choose from the following options:

1) Make a cheque or postal order payable to North West Green Party, and send it to NWGP c/o David Jones (e-mail: david.jones_msc at yahoo.co.uk) or request Standing Order form.

2) To make an on-line donation using your credit or debit card or via PayPal, go to: www.green-action.org.uk (but note that Paypal will receive a small % of your donation).

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