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The Green Liberal Democrats seek to promote the cause of environmentalism within and outside the Party.

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The Liberal Democrats have a proud record of being the greenest major political party: we aim to ensure that it stays that way!

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  • CB
    Article: Jul 29, 2016

    Liberal Democrat MEP Catherine Bearder has won the Green Ribbon Political Award recognising her outstanding environmental achievements.

    Catherine was awarded in the "MEP of the Year" category for her work fighting for stronger European targets to tackle air pollution. The judges commended Catherine for generating public awareness of the issue and championing EU action to improve air quality, often in the face of opposition from the UK government.

  • Article: Jul 29, 2016
    By Derek Deedman in House of Lords newsletter

    In scrapping the Department for Environment and Climate Change Theresa May has sent a frightening message that the environment is not a priority for her new Government.

    Speaking in this weeks debate in the Lords on the Draft Carbon Budget Order, Lynne Featherstone, Liberal Democrat Climate Change Spokesperson, called on the Government to prove their commitment to the environment by ratifying the Paris Agreement at the soonest possible opportunity.

    Speaking ahead of the debate Lynne Featherstone said:

    "This new Government has made it very clear that climate change is not a priority. Brexit must not be used as an excuse to relax environmental commitments even further.

    "Abolishing the Department for Energy and Climate Change is a huge backwards step.


    During the debate she said:

    "Our menu for the Government would be to: support and encourage the renewables industry; quicken and intensify energy efficiency measures; introduce urgently a zero-carbon homes standard-something which we Liberal Democrats championed while in coalition and during the passage of the Housing and ​Planning Bill, which the new Secretary of State for Energy sadly did not support in his previous role in the Department for Communities and Local Government-support technological innovation; get on with tidal lagoons and give the go-ahead to Swansea Bay. Proof and pudding need to be the order of the day,

    "The Government should send a clear signal that it has not abandoned the green agenda entirely by ratifying the Paris Agreement immediately."

  • Cllr Andrew Waller with Green Bin ()
    Article: Jul 29, 2016

    Garden waste collections start again this week across York, with fortnightly green bin collections through until the end of October.

    To check the date of your collection please visit: www.york.gov.uk/refuselookup

    Under Cllr Andrew Waller (pictured), the Liberal Democrat Executive Member for the Environment, the Executive has reversed plans to charge for the first green bin per house - built into the council budget by Labour in February 2015. Two green bin collections over the winter have also been reinstated - these winter collections were scrapped by Labour in April 2013.

  • Article: Jul 29, 2016

    DEVON'S ONLY GREEN COUNTY COUNCILLOR JOINS THE LIB DEMS

    Robert Vint, Devon's only Green county councillor, has joined the Liberal Democrats.

    Cllr Vint, who represents the Totnes area on Devon County Council, said he had left the Greens to join the Liberal Democrats because he shared their aims and aspirations for the future of Totnes, South Hams and Devon.

  • North Yorkshire activists against fracking
    Article: Jun 15, 2016

    York Conference Spring 2016, Motion F6,

    updating Party Policy on Fracking

    Conference applauds the international agreement reached in Paris in December 2015, in which 195 countries agreed to act to avoid dangerous climate change by limiting global warming to well below 2oC, and if possible to below 1.5oC, above pre-industrial temperatures.

  • Love Europe (facebook)
    Article: Jun 12, 2016

    The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership is a treaty under negotiation between the EU and the US, containing an Investor State Dispute Settlement system, which corporations can use to sue Governments, in special unaccountable courts.

    The UK Government was one of the main proponents of a TTIP deal with an ISDS that could have endangered services such as the NHS. The European Parliament is insisting on modifying the initial proposals, to protect public services from ISDS.

  • Steve Bolter
    Article: Jun 11, 2016

    A greener world, a stronger economy and a fairer society.

    Only a green, environmentally sustainable, economy can be a strong economy in the long term, and thus be fair to following generations. Only in a world at peace can economic strength be harnessed to maximise human happiness.

    We believe that our membership of the European Union is vital to combating rapid climate change, conserving resources, and bringing peace and stability to Europe and the wider world

  • Love Europe (facebook)
    Article: Jun 11, 2016
    By Catherine Bearder MEP in Challenge

    ( from Summer 2016 Challenge, the GLD magazine)

    Catherine Bearder argues the EU is key to protecting our world.

    One of the key issues that got me interested in politics at the European level was the environment. It has always struck me that truly effective green policies are best achieved by working together internationally, and the EU gives us the best means to do this.

    Being part of Europe means we can push for the kind of coordinated approach needed to protect our planet for future generations. And having commonly agreed EU standards prevents a race to the bottom between governments and businesses competing with each other, ensuring that we have minimum rules protecting against pollution or biodiversity loss.

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The Green Liberal Democrats is an Associated Organisation of the UK Liberal Democrat party.

We exist to:

  • Ensure that the Liberal Democrats' proud record of environmental leadership at all levels of government continues
  • Establish and develop links with the wider green movement.
  • Inform and educate party activists, policymakers, candidates and elected representatives on environmental issues.
  • Support individuals within the party who are advancing the agenda of environmental stewardship and generational justice.

Simon Oliver, GLD Chair