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First established as the Liberal Ecology Group in 1977, the Green Liberal Democrats functions as an environmental Think Tank for the Party; puts on fringe meetings; an annual conference; and produces resources for campaign action. About.

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Challenge 2021 front cover - Green Liberal Democrats magazine (Pete Roberts, Gorge Miles, Jason Billin)

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  • COP26 with Ed Davey
    Article: Nov 26, 2021
    By Francis J. Thomas

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    Hello all.

    I'm Francis, Political Assistant to the Green Liberal Democrats and our first full time staff member.

    I wanted to talk a little bit about who I am and the work I have been up to this month, in the first edition of my montly report as part of our pledge for greater transparency.

  • Poster
    Article: Nov 17, 2021
    By Keith Melton

    It was WET!!

    Thursday and Friday were lovely sunny days, cooped up in the Green Zone in meetings looking out, so we were looking forward to getting some fresh air on the march! The trouble was that the weather forecast on Fatima`s phone indicated a certainty of rain during the day on Saturday - and the forecasting record for her weather service is remarkable accurate.

  • Keith Melton
    Article: Nov 15, 2021
    By Keith Melton

    International Award in time for COP26

    Chair of the Green Liberal Democrats, Keith Melton, has won a Global Award from the journal, CEO Monthly, which has been making such awards for the last ten years. The journal is circulated to 60,000 Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) worldwide every month and each year awards are made in a variety of categories, including awards for Chairpersons. The awards for 2021 are shown on the CEO Monthly Website here.

  • Keith & Fatima in Glasgow at COP26 (Keith Melton)
    Article: Nov 10, 2021
    By Keith Melton

    We got a bit wet during the march last saturday in Glasgow...

    But... we`re

    Back Home in the dry now!

    Fatima and I left Glasgow this morning to drive, with our caravan, back home to Nottinghamshire. Nice dry day for packing up and driving for six hours! Listening to the radio 4 news at lunchtime and then watching the TV news when back home, the draft agreeement for COP26 really looks a pretty tame affair. Lots of nice words hoping for this and urging that and calling for the other, but precious little in the way of hard ACTION.

  • Ed Fordham letter to PM pre COP 26 (Ed Fordham)
    Article: Nov 4, 2021
    By Peter Dobbs

    All Lib Dem County Cllrs have written a joint letter to the Prime Minister calling on him to support local councils in their attempts to move towards net zero carbon emissions.

    In their letter sent on Friday, they write "The UK's net zero target can only be achieved if Government and local authorities work seamlessly together. However we note that the National Audit Office commented in July that there are serious weaknesses in central government's working with local authorities on decarbonisation, stemming from a lack of clarity of local authorities' overall roles, piecemeal funding and diffuse accountabilities."

  • Article: Nov 3, 2021

    Steve Mason - Day Three

    'Day Three #COP26Glasgow

    Demo by Friends of the Earth, a hob nob with the Times and a quick chat with Dale Vince of Ecotricity.

    The take away moment from today?

    Arctic base camp.

    "13,000,000 litres of water melts every second in Greenland alone..."

    Just think on that...

    If we lose this battle, then we can kiss goodbye to the UK Climate, it will not be as is now.

  • Article: Nov 1, 2021

    Day One - 1st November 2021

    Just a short entry from me (Keith) this morning, before I spend the rest of today making sure the caravan is ready to go early tomorrow and is fully packed.

    My first COP26 thought this morning was prompted by a news item last night showing our PM - Boris Johnson - speaking at the G20 meeting in Rome. He was making it clear that we could not doubt that we were in a Climate Change crisis and we could not "...procrastinate any longer...!" What puzzled me, and has puzzled me for a long time to be honest, is that Governments around the world know the facts and yet allow themselves to be `lobbied` out of making the right decisions for the security of the planet.

  • Art
    Article: Nov 1, 2021
    By Francis J. Thomas

    On Wednesday, Rishi Sunak's long awaited - and frequently leaked - 2021 budget was revealed in the House of Commons. Let's go over three of the key headlines.

    Tax Cuts for Domestic Flights

    According to a study commissioned by Greenpeace and published on Wednesday, over one third (34%) of the busiest short-haul flights in Europe have viable, less polluting train alternatives. Researchers found that European nations could replace almost all the top 250 short-haul flights and save 23.4 million tons of CO2 per year, equal to the annual CO2 output of Croatia. Aircraft on routes shorter than 700km emit 250grams of CO2 per person per km. In comparison, long haul flights and and even diesel cars look squeaky clean, at 195 and 171g/km respectively. Electrified rail, however? 35g/km. Eurostar? 6g/km. Aviation has been the fastest growing source of greenhouse gas emissions in Europe in the last three decades, whilst our trusty locomotive is only gaining in efficiency.

  • Event: Dec 16, 2021 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

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    Special Interest Group for Sustainable Development

    Convenors David Watts & Martin Horwood

    The steering Group for this SIG has already met and the first full meeting of the group to consider future campaigning on the issues involved will take place on Zoom on Thursday17th June. The Zoom link will be circulated closer to the meeting date but please contact the convenors to express your interest in being part of the group.

  • Keith Melton
    Article: Oct 31, 2021
    By Keith Melton

    Prologue - 31st October 2021

    Hello. I am writing this on Sunday 31st October, watching the opening ceremony. I am calling today`s entry into our Diary the Prologue, so that Day 1 will be on the 1st November, otherwise it could become really confusing!

    So, after much fanfare, the 26th Conference of the Parties - COP26 - is starting. The United Nations Climate Change Conference. Welcoming delegates from many countries travelling huge distances to be here, to bring about change which must be transformative. Setting limits established at the Paris meeting of 2015, the Spanish President of the previous conference making claims of what has already been done… it all sounds very positive.


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Keith Melton is the 2020 Chair of GLD -
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