Members of the United Nations have been meeting in Copenhagen for vital talks on securing a new worldwide response to climate change.
Over 80% of people surveyed in Britain by the Institution for Civil Engineers believe that climate change is a serious threat and are willing to make sacrifices to combat it. But as I write this column we are still waiting to see if President Obama will publicly commit the United States to action on global warming.
Our community in Richmond and Kingston has always been at the forefront of environmental issues – battling against Heathrow expansion for climate reasons as much as local noise and pollution. We have led on recycling and using the tools of local government to reward residents for choosing greener cars.
I am proud that my party, the Liberal Democrats, has had the courage to be a national leader on this issue, even in the days when it was far from popular. We will go furthest on cutting carbon emissions; go furthest in generating renewable energy and go furthest in insulating homes.
All of us who care need to make our voices heard before the Copenhagen summit. If wealthy and industrialised countries like ours do not insist on a more effective response to this crisis then how can we expect developing countries to change their behaviour.
The terrifying flooding in Cumbria has been testimony to global warming. We even saw violent rain and winds here. I spend increasing time, with others, working to come up with strategies to protect Richmond and Kingston from flooding - our nightmare is a violent storm at the same time as an exceptional tide.
So join me, my party and thousands of others for a march in London on the 5 th of December. See my website for details - I hope to see you there.
Susan Kramer MP for Richmond Park