DONCASTER, England, December 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Ed Miliband, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, will join British Trust for Conservation Volunteers (BTCV), to support the leading environmental charity's new Carbon Army campaign. Just days before he travels to Copenhagen to join negotiations for a global deal on climate change, the Doncaster North MP will be volunteering in Buntings Wood, Thorne, South Yorkshire on the 4th December.

He will work with 15 BTCV volunteers to plant trees to help soak up carbon and bolster hedgerows to improve biodiversity and migrating species.

Mr Miliband's involvement will help kick-start BTCV's 3000 Days of Action campaign which will see volunteers head into local communities across the UK to actively give 3,000 days of environmental volunteering to combat global-warming - one day for every delegate attending the Copenhagen Conference. The 3000 Days of Action campaign will be accumulated between 1-18th December 2009 to demonstrate what could be achieved with deeds rather than words. Ed Milliband will be part of this movement.

During BTCV's 3000 days of action the Carbon Army could:

- Plant 1.4 million trees (enough to stretch from London to Brighton at three trees per metre), or - Create enough allotment space to save three million food miles, or - Turn an area the size of 34 Wembley football pitches in to urban green spaces.

The Carbon Army represents BTCV's most concerted effort in its 50-year history to communicate the urgency of the climate change. It will see its existing force of volunteers and new recruits deliver direct and tangible change on the UK's emissions. BTCV aims to prove that by acting collectively, individuals can make a difference to a global problem.

Mr Miliband said: I'm supporting BTCV's Carbon Army because it offers people, regardless of age or background, a practical way to get involved in local projects that result in positive benefits to the environment, those individuals and their communities. The Carbon Army gives people an opportunity to take local, direct action on climate change. It's proof that we can individually make a difference.

Mr Miliband will be joined by 15 local BTCV volunteers and its Chairman Rupert Evenett.

Contact Jane Whitham, BTCV, for filming opportunities and further information, +44-(0)7909-000258.

SOURCE: British Trust for Conservation Volunteers (BTCV)

CONTACT: Contact Jane Whitham, BTCV, for filming opportunities and furtherinformation, +44-(0)7909-000258.