Human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell is urging LGBT people to join a campaign to lower carbon emissions in 2010.

The 10:10 campaign was launched yesterday at the Tate Modern in London by host of celebrities and public figures, including lesbian author Sarah Waters. It aims to cut the UK’s carbon emissions by ten per cent next year.

Tatchell, who is the Green Party candidate for Oxford East, said: “I urge the LGBT community to back this important initiative. Queers make up one in ten of the population. By reducing our energy consumption by a tenth, ‘pink power’ can help save the planet.

“There is not much point campaigning for LGBT human rights unless we have a habitable planet on which to enjoy these rights. If global warming results in climate destruction and economic downturn, our quality of queer life will be seriously diminished. In the worst case scenario, human survival might be threatened. That’s why LGBT people need to support 10:10.”

Fanny Armstrong, the founder of 10:10, added: “Popularising immediate action against climate change is the only way we can make progress on this urgent issue. 10:10 has been set up to bring that call to action. Its ask is simple; make a few small changes in your home, business or policy which will have an immediate effect, not in five year’s time, but now.”

Those wanting to join the campaign are being asked to take fewer flights, use their cars less and try to eat less meat.

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