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Green Liberal Democrats

Welcome

The Green Liberal Democrats promote environmental issues within the party and in collaboration with other organisations.

We regard climate change as one of the biggest challenges of our generation. Countries around the world urgently need to implement the commitments made in 2015 at the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris. Some countries are making significant progress but the UK is currently failing to demonstrate clear political leadership to address the urgent environmental problems facing the planet. The Green Liberal Democrats seek to influence political policies, both within the Liberal Democrats and across the wider political spectrum.

Our objectives are to:

  • promote a green approach to policy formation within the Liberal Democrats.

  • provide information and political education from a green perspective to Party activists and elected representatives.

  • establish and develop links with the wider green movement.

  • welcome those that share our aims into the Green Liberal Democrats, to encourage participation in its activities and to ensure equality of opportunity for all members.

We seek to build support within the electorate for the transition to a green economy. If you would like to become involved there is a wide range of opportunities to contribute your skills, knowledge and enthusiasm. Join on line here.

Checkout our facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/greenlibdems/info/




Our latest News Articles:

  • Vince Cable (Chris McAndrew [CC BY 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons)
    Article: Nov 16, 2017
    By Joe Bourke in Liberal Democrat Voice

    In July of this year ALTER floated the idea of a Progressive Alliance round Land Value Taxation and put out a call for the formation of an All Party Parliamentary Group on Land Value Tax in advance of our fringe at Bournemouth on this theme.

    n a pre-budget speech in the City of London this week, Sir Vince Cable laid out Liberal Democrat proposals for tax reform including investigating the feasibility of Land Value Taxation (LVT).

  • Environment
    Article: Nov 16, 2017
    By Andy Boddington in Liberal Democrat Voice

    In the Sunday Telegraph, Michael Gove sets out his plans for an environmental watchdog post-Brexit. As education secretary under David Cameron, he was seen as a career hungry politician willing to risk quality education in a drive to create academies, open creationist schools and dictate what was taught in lessons. He was marginally better as Justice Secretary, but not much. Now, he is well on the road to becoming Britain's leading environmental champion.

  • Wind Turbines (By Barrow_Offshore_wind_turbines.jpg: Andy Dingley derivative work: Papa Lima Whiskey 2 [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons)
    Article: Nov 16, 2017
    By Steve Mason in Liberal Democrat Voice

    Confusion reigns in the corridors of power with contradiction at every turn on the UK's energy needs. Recent reports on the UK's future in clean energy and climate change have flagged the critical need to prioritise low-carbon energy generation and the climate change obligations that the UK must meet by 2030.

  • MEPs put pressure on Commission for immediate EU ivory ban (http://meps4wildlife.eu/meps-put-pressure-commission-immediate-eu-ivory-ban/)
    Article: Nov 13, 2017
    By Catherine Bearder MEP

    MEPs for Wildlife was established in February 2015 as a cross-party interest group at the European Parliament campaigning for the EU to step up the fight against wildlife crime.

    As a group we aim to raise awareness at a European level about the threat posed by wildlife crime, which is now the fourth-largest illegal trade in the world.

  • Two minutes silence for Armistice Day (Keith Melton)
    Article: Nov 12, 2017

    11 am on the 11th day of the 11th Month

    Armistice Day - Sout East Liberal Democrat`s

    Regional meeting

    GLD at the South East Region

  • The front cover of the Autumn 2010 Challenge Magazine (Green Liberal Democrats)
    Article: Nov 11, 2017
    By George Miles

    Dear Green Liberals,

    please send us articles, news, photos, ideas etc for our December Challenge Magazine which will be posted to all our members.

    Most articles should also be published on our website, and hence be indexed by google.

    https://greenlibdems.org.uk/en/page/challenge-magazine-1

    The email address is challenge@greenlibdems.org.uk

  • Pat Marsh (Liberal Democrat Councillor for Harrogate,) (http://www.hftf.org.uk/blog/2017/10/31/hope-for-the-future-training-through-the-eyes-of-a-local-councillor#.WgRApmi0NGM=)
    Article: Nov 10, 2017

    Liberal Democrat Councillor for Harrogate, Pat Marsh

    In mid-October 2017, Hope for the Future delivered training to Zero Carbon Harrogate, a group dedicated to seeing their local area reducing its carbon footprint. Hope for the Future's co-founder and trustee, Jemima Parker is the Chair of this group and invited HFTF's Assistant Director, Sarah, to run a two hour session on how to contact MPs and local councillors about the issue of climate change. In the audience was a local Liberal Democrat Councillor for Harrogate, Pat Marsh. Pat was incredibly helpful to have there as she was able to offer her own perspective of how, as a local politician, she would like to be approached by local residents. Pat writes about how she found the session at:

    http://www.hftf.org.uk/blog/2017/10/31/hope-for-the-future-training-through-the-eyes-of-a-local-councillor

  • Liberal Democrat Policy
    Article: Nov 10, 2017
    By Chris Bowers and Paul Pettinger in Liberal Democrat Voice

    One of the biggest hits the party took during the coalition years was not so much being associated with the Conservatives (though that was toxic enough) but losing so much of our identity. And if we want to have a future as a party, we have to get that identity back.

    Our coalition years slogan 'Stronger economy, fairer society' was fine up to a point, but it didn't provide us with much distinctiveness. Associated messaging that framed us as having more head than Labour and more heart than the Conservatives effectively defined us in relation to Labour and the Conservatives. It did not emphasis what we stood for and make clear what a vote for the Lib Dems meant. By the time of the 2015 seven-leaders TV debate, most people could have formulated in a few words what six of the seven parties stood for, but they might well have struggled with us.

  • wild fowl
    Article: Nov 10, 2017

    The council's proposed PSPO is going to make it an offence to feed the ducks and geese in Water Gardens.

    Why? Because the geese are trampling the grass verges. Are we alone in thinking this is absurd?

    We think it is important to preserve the wildlife and the waterways that create a beautiful oasis in the middle of our town centre . But we also believe that this is best done through education, signage and alternative feeds, instead of cautions, fines and prosecutions.

    Please join us in opposing this proposal which is being rushed through without proper consideration.

  • Article: Nov 10, 2017

    Scottish Liberal Democrat energy spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP has today warned that the Scottish Government must "turn up the heat" on efforts to promote renewable heating after new figures revealed that renewable heat generation decreased in 2016.

    In response to a parliamentary question, the Minister for Business, Innovation and Energy Paul Wheelhouse revealed that during the 2016 calendar year, just 4.8-5.0% of Scotland's non-electrical heat demand was supplied from renewable sources, despite heat making up around half of Scotland's energy usage. Moreover, renewable heat generation decreased by 11%, when compared with 2015.