Afzal stood with a sign from WWF drop-in event saying
Afzal stood with a sign from WWF drop-in event saying 'Bring Nature Back'

To begin the month, I met with STEM Students from the University of Manchester to discuss their research on storing green energy. I understand some Manchester  University students have won awards for their projects – so a huge congratulations to them!

I then spoke in an adjournment debate about the issue of pavement parking.  I received lots of support from constituents and other MPs about this issue.  It is clear that a default ban on pavement parking is necessary across all of England.

As I was unable to attend the debate in Parliament, I spoke out in support of the Trophy Hunting (Import Prohibition) Bill.  I received lots of correspondence from constituents about this and I believe it is important that legislation is put in place to end this cruel practice.

Also, I attended the WWF Earth Hour drop-in in Parliament.  This event gave me the opportunity to reflect on the importance of coming together to look after each other and our planet.

Back in the constituency, I joined community members and volunteers from Keep Britain Tidy and Keep Manchester Tidy in litter picking. It was great to see how much cleaner our community can look when we all work together!

I also joined in the calls made by The Labour Party on World Water Day to end the sewage scandal. Clean water is a human right and it is unacceptable this Tory Government has allowed raw sewage to be dumped into our waterways for this long.

If you have not yet had the chance to view the clean air film by Let’s Talk Clean Air Whalley Range, you can view it here:

It has been a productive month in joining in localised climate conversations which impact some households daily. I look forward to continuing the work on climate change and the environment into Spring.

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