How can vlogging influence govt? - Need ideas for House of Commons meeting
- Dear all,
Don't ask me how, but I have somehow become part of a group of
bloggers who have been invited to the House of Commons next week
to "discuss how we (bloggers/vloggers) can best get behind a campaign
to urge the UK parliament to commit to an 80% reduction in CO2 (not
60%)." The meeting is with Nick Clegg, the leader of the Liberal
Democrats and Steve Webb, the Lib Dem environment spokesperson.
So what I want to know is, what should I say? Does anyone have any
good examples of blogging/vlogging influencing government? Does
anyone have any ideas of how it might do so in the future? Is this
the point of green/political blogging at all? Is the ethos of
blogging antithetical to the ethos of government?
All ideas and suggestions welcome.
p.s. Here's some stuff about the Facebook (eugghh) campaign that
we're mainly going to talk about.
This campaign http://www.facebook.com/pages/Climate-Change-60-cut-is-
not-enough/11917166969 exists to persuade the Government to set a
binding target of an 80% cut in Britain's CO2 emissions by 2050,
rather than the 60% that is currently contained in the Climate Change
Launched by Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg MP and environment spokesperson
Steve Webb MP, the campaign is cross-party and open to anyone who
believes that the climate change crisis is so urgent that we need to
cut our CO2 emissions further and faster.
Later in the year MPs will be able to vote on whether to replace the
60% target with a tougher 80% target, which is supported by
environmental groups and leading scientists.
This group has two aims:
(1) to show the Government the strength of support for an 80% CO2
(2) to encourage people across Britain to contact their local MP and
report back to the group every time an MP signs up to support the 80%
target if there is a vote in the House of Commons.