In a year when Extinction Rebellion and Greta Thunberg became household names and Sir David Attenborough delivered apocalyptic warnings about climate change, it is hardly surprising that all the main parties are engaged in a bidding war for the green vote. More people say they are concerned about the environment now than at any time over the past 30 years. It was mentioned as one of the most important issues for Britain by 21 per cent of people surveyed last month by Ipsos Mori, up from just 2 per cent in 2012. Young people are the most worried, with 29 per cent of 18-24 year olds listing the environment and pollution as a major concern. The Conservatives moved swiftly to neutralise two toxic green issues for them, announcing a moratorium on fracking and promising not to try to reverse the fox hunting ban. The biggest difference between the parties on the environment is the date by which they say they will make Britain carbon neutral, or achieve “net zero” emissions to use the new term for this old concept.
Times 11th Dec 2019 read more »
Trees have had an unexpectedly good election, with every major party pledging to plant millions more of them. The exact numbers vary, and some parties seem unsure even what their own target may involve, but a huge national increase in foliage is one of the few policies that bridges the vast political distance between the Greens and the Brexit party. Pledges are easy to make, so perhaps the most important question is which party is likely to take its manifesto pledges on the environment seriously in government. An assessment of the main parties’ pledges by Friends of the Earth put Labour at the top, closely followed by the Green party and the Liberal Democrats, all scoring between 30 and 33 out of a possible 45. The Conservatives – whose leader, Boris Johnson, refused to take part in a televised climate debate – scored just 5.5 points.
Guardian 11th Dec 2019 read more »