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Climate Change

 

If elected, I would support:

  • Moves to reach net-zero before 2050
  • A Citizens Assembly on Climate Change
  • Greater investment in renewables and a move away from fossil fuels
  • I support the commitment that the UK will reach net zero carbon emissions by 2050 and would back moves to make that happen more rapidly. We need a credible plan that does not rely on wishful thinking (for example, on technologies that are decades away from readiness) or that will do untold damage to our economy. We will all have to change the way we live. The Government should put in place measures that are equitable (eg simply taxing air travel is unfair on those with lower incomes)
  • I support a Citizens Assembly on Climate and Ecology to drive the changes we need. We have to take significant decisions quickly that can make a measurable difference
  • We should significantly increase offshore wind capacity which has been a recent success but delivery needs to be ramped up. We should also more seriously consider at the benefits of more onshore wind.
  • I would strongly back other low carbon technologies including solar power and new nuclear The Government’s decision effectively to call a halt to fracking is welcome but it will not do anything to curb existing emissions. Government investment should favour fossil free energy sources of energy
  • The infrastructure available for charging electric vehicles is woefully inadequate if we are to see wholesale change from petrol and diesel vehicles. Investment in this should be a priority.
  • I support rewilding parts of Britain to limit our impact on climate change – this is a way of returning animals to their natural habitat and removing carbon from our atmosphere. This needs to be built into the planning system at every level so that the impact of development is driven not only by our need for more homes, but the need to have a positive impact on the environment. We need not only to reduce carbon emissions, but we also need to increase carbon capture. Tree planting schemes are necessary but we need to maximise the impact of these. We should actively involve the public to increase awareness of the impact we have on our environment.
  • Modal shift is an important part of reducing carbon emissions. Rail franchises are not working in many parts of the Country. We need to do much more than fiddle at the edges of integrating transport. We must improve the reliability and ease of use of public transport, including bus services and cycling. Whilst large city cycling highway schemes can be expensive much can be done at low cost to improve cycle lanes in our towns
  • We have to adapt to the way people live and work now by providing superfast broadband for everyone, reducing the need for travel to work particularly in rural areas. We need to consider upload speeds as well as download speeds if we want people to really consider more local working at home or in work hubs. We should also consider new technologies eg satellite communications. Too often we solve the problems of yesterday without being mindful of the solutions that are being developed for the future
  • We need to continue to focus both on phasing out both single use plastics and move the reduction in packaging of goods at a much faster rate.
  • We need to make sure that whilst we need to improve our existing housing stock we also need to insist on the very highest environmental standards for any new homes making them energy and water efficient, protected from flooding and build in new methods of providing heat. Some investment has been made to encourage new building methods but this should increase at speed.
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