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Climate change awareness 'vigil' in Glossop town centre

A 'vigil' was held by members of the Glossop Women's Climate Strike and High Peak Green New Deal groups near Norfolk Square in the town centre. 

A picture of High Peak MP Robert Largan was displayed on 'a guy' in a wheelbarrow with the slogan 'Give Bob a Job' next to a box where people could place ideas on what they thought could be done by the government to stop climate change. 

Organisers say the 'vigil' last Friday (24 September) was 'good humoured' but tried to 'convey the seriousness of global warming'. They said ideas put forward will be sent to the MP 'in the hope he will take note of the public's concerns'. 

In response, the local MP told the Chronicle that 'protecting our environment is a key focus of mine'. 

Mr Largan said: "I’m always keen to hear the suggestions of local people when it comes to tackling climate change and protecting our beautiful countryside. That’s why I brought together local green groups like High Peak Green Network, Hope Valley Climate Action, Transition New Mills, Sustainable Hayfield and others to have a round table meeting with COP26 officials, giving them the chance to make suggestions and put forward ideas as the Government prepares for the crucial global submit on tackling climate change.

“Protecting our environment is a key focus of mine. That’s why I rebelled against the Government on amendments to the Agriculture Bill to send a clear message that we must not compromise on our environmental protection rules and food standards. I’ve campaigned on these issues consistently since I was elected and I’m proud to have secured a huge increase in funding for the restoration of our local moors, as well as £137 million to upgrade the Hope Valley line to get cars off the road and get more people to use public transport.”

The Glossop Women's Climate Strike say they are part of an international group of women 'trying to get governments to act and ordinary people to speak out against the growing threat of global warming'. 

Members intend to meet at Norfolk Square every Friday morning between 8.30am and 10am. The group say people are welcome to join and offer support. 

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