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School children went into bat against climate change today to launch the Show The Love campaign and celebrate Lord’s becoming the first cricket ground in the country to switch to 100% renewable energy.

The children, from All Souls Primary School in London, joined James Heappey MP and Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) Chief Executive Derek Brewer at the crease at the home of cricket.

The event launched The Climate Coalition’s #ShowTheLove campaign, an annual celebration of the places, people and life we love but could lose to climate change and the progress being made towards a clean and secure future. People the length and breadth of the UK will wear and share green hearts to show their support.

 

Derek Brewer, MCC Chief Executive, said: “On the day of the Show The Love launch, it’s great to welcome the next generation of cricketers to Lord’s as we become the first cricket ground in the country to be powered by 100% renewable energy. We are very pleased to support Show the Love and make our own contribution to help tackle climate change as the statistics released today show how the sport of cricket, across the country, is already feeling the effects of extreme weather.”

The Climate Coalition, whose members include WWF-UK, the RSPB, the National Trust, The Women’s Institute,  Christian Aid and Unicef-UK have also published a ’Weather Warning’ report highlighting how extreme weather conditions are already affecting gardens and local pubs, rivers and parish churches, iconic cliffs and favourite woodlands. Corbridge Cricket Club in Northumberland, which was badly affected by Storm Desmond, is featured in the report.

Colin Butfield, Director of Campaigns at WWF-UK, and member of The Climate Coalition Board, said: “It’s hugely encouraging to see Lords showing leadership on sustainability. The Weather Warning report illustrates how climate change linked weather events are already impacting on cricket and a host of other special places across the country. The Show The Love campaign is encouraging people to show they care and want to see a cleaner, more secure energy system.”

Nick Hurd, Minister of State for Climate Change and Industry at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, said: "The Government remains firmly committed to taking action- limiting the rise in global temperatures and avoiding the significant impact of climate change. The Marylebone Cricket Club joined these efforts today by stepping up and embracing clean and innovative technologies. As the Government puts the UK’s strengths in energy innovation at the heart of our new Industrial Strategy, I hope we will see more venues follow to accelerate our transition to a global low carbon economy.”

The England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) shared figures showing the increasing disruption to cricket. Extreme weather in December 2015, which has been linked to climate change, caused more than £3.5 million worth of damage across 57 cricket clubs. Increased rainfall is also causing significant loss of fixtures in recreational cricket and is impacting on the professional game.

Prof Myles Allen, of the Environmental Change Institute at the University of Oxford, said: "In Britain the impacts linked to climate change we are seeing now are mostly down to the changing risks of extreme weather events. Intense downpours in the summer are becoming more frequent and this is also having a big impact on many village cricket pitches and other places around the UK.”

As part of the Show The Love campaign, and bringing the Weather Warning report to life, Ridley Scott Associates have made Love Song, a three minute film featuring Charles Dance, Miranda Richardson, Elbow and the NHS Choir, urging the British public to protect the places, people and life we love from climate change.

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Notes to editors

  1. Show The Love is organised by The Climate Coalition, the UK’s largest group of people dedicated to action on climate change and limiting its impact on the people, places and life we love at home in the UK and around the world, including the world’s poorest countries. It includes over 130 organisations with a combined supporter base of 15 million. Together, we want a world powered by clean and secure energy within a generation.
  2. The Weather Warning report can be found here. The report includes well known and everyday places across the UK including Wordsworth’s childhood home in the Lake District, neolithic settlement Skara Brae in the Orkney Islands, the seven sisters chalk cliffs at Birling Gap and Slimbridge Wetlands Centre in Gloucestershire.
  3. Watch the Love Song film here and for more information on Show The Love visit: showthelove.org.uk
  4. Show The Love is supported by a host of sports clubs, bodies and venues, including Manchester United, Manchester City, Stoke City FC, AFC Bournemouth, Southampton FC, The FA Premier League, British Cycling, Principality Stadium, The Ramblers and The British Mountaineering Council as well as partners including M&S, The Body Shop, Aviva, Ikea, Unilever, and National Farmers Union, RNLI and Youth Hostels Association.
  5. The current Lord’s Cricket Ground is its third incarnation and 2014 marked its 200th anniversary. The first ever match played at “Lord’s Cricket Ground” came in 1787 when businessman Thomas Lord staged a game between Middlesex and Essex at a newly-built ground in what was then known as Dorset Fields.  By 1811, MCC had moved to a new Ground on the Eyre Estate in St John’s Wood. This ground proved less popular but when plans emerged for the Regent’s Canal to be built straight through it, Thomas Lord gratefully accepted compensation and moved the Ground to its current location in 1814.