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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:

  • Article: Jan 12, 2018

    Do not guess. Argue using the latest stats on Installed Generation Capacity, Energy Output, Load Factor and more.

    Latest Renewable Energy Statistics to 2017 Q3

  • FOOD WASTE
    Article: Jan 10, 2018

    The responsibility for waste is split between the district and borough councils - which are responsible for collecting household waste - and the county council - which is reponsible for setting up Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRCs) and for disposing of all the waste arising within the county. Hertfordshire County Council must devise a Waste Disposal Strategy and this must account for commercial waste as well as all municipal waste. The Hertfordshire Waste Partnership is a consortium between all the districts and boroughs in the county and the the county council itself. This shares costs, refunds savings and explores and assesses new methods of waste disposal. It also uses the economies of scale that result from a county-wide co-ordination in order to negotiate competitive contracts for waste disposal that save money for all of Hertfordshire's council tax payers.

  • Article: Jan 9, 2018
    By Thomas Bull

    Poor air quality is a big issue in Britain. It is linked to about 40,000 early deaths each year. The Government is working with the council to help improve our air. Sadly our Labour-led council have failed to move fast enough. They have not submitted plans on time. Also the Government says what they have now submitted is "not up to scratch".

  • Strong and Cable
    Article: Jan 9, 2018
    By Caron Lindsay in Liberal Democrat Voice

    It's the annual "Trash the Lib Dems" day in the national press with gloomy analyses in both the Times and the Guardian. When the papers do SWOT analyses of us, they do tend to omit the strengths and opportunities and focus on the weaknesses and threats. We can quite often do that about ourselves, too, and talk ourselves down. There is no doubt that we face some pretty intense challenges in 2018, but there are signs of a plan coming together to meet them and also that the political environment is changing.

  • AD Lib
    Article: Jan 9, 2018
    By Mark Pack Author, 101 Ways To Win An Election

    The Liberal Democrat party magazine for members (and anyone else who wanted to subscribe, a not exactly massive number), Ad Lib, is coming to an end as Jonathan Calder has covered.

    Ad Lib has covered some fun and some important stories over the years but never really established a large, committed audience either in its paid-for subscription form or in its free-to-all-members version.

  • Pet cat
    Article: Jan 9, 2018

    The Liberal Democrats have welcomed Michael Gove's announcement to increase sentences for animal welfare offences to up to five years, a policy taken from the Liberal Democrat manifesto, but warn that he should clamp down on illegal pet imports.

    In January this year, the government said there were no plans to extend maximum sentencing in response to parliamentary questions from the Liberal Democrats, instead offering the possibility of giving revised guidance to magistrates.

  • EV charge sign (Thanks go to Wouter.robers for the EV charge sation sign)
    Article: Jan 9, 2018
    By Chris Wrathall

    What is Ipswich Borough Council doing to reduce toxic vehicle emissions?

    The Council has stated in its 2017 Air Quality Status report that "The annual health cost to society of the impacts of particulate matter alone in the UK is estimated to be around £16 billion". The town has four Air Quality Management Areas, where there have been high levels of Nitrous Oxide, or NO2.

  • Article: Jan 9, 2018

    Birmingham's Liberal Democrat Council Group have put the following motion to the Council for debate on Tuesday 9 January.

    "This Council notes that:

    1) UK households were estimated to throw away 7 million tonnes of food each year in 2012
    2) The total cost of the food wasted in the UK is equivalent to 6 meals per household per week or £470 per year
    3) Food wasted in the UK has a major environmental impact. It takes 19,000km2 of land to grow and produces Green House Gas emissions equivalent to 17million tonnes of CO2, equivalent to those produced by 1 in 4 UK cars
    4) A two week survey in 2016 showed that food waste makes up 48% of the total waste collected in Birmingham
    5) Collecting food waste has been shown to reduce the amount of food wasted, bringing environmental and cost benefits
    6) A Parliamentary report into food waste in 2017 recommended that: "Local authorities must look at the opportunities to introduce separate food waste collections when new waste contracts are put in place.

  • Article: Jan 9, 2018
    By Marko Scepanovic; Chair of Crawley Liberal Democrats

    Previously in politics, if a politician in one of the great offices of state such as the foreign office, made a blunder on such a level that it led to imprisonment and degrading treatment of a UK national abroad, they would be forced to resign. In early November, Boris Johnson stated that the UK-Iranian national Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliff had been "teaching journalism" in Tehran, a statement which was false. She was in fact simply there on holiday. As a result of the blunder, officials in Iran heard about the comments and now Nazanin an additional five years in prison.

  • Alstom Coradia iLint
    Article: Jan 9, 2018

    To be fair there are several different approaches to making short-distance suburban rail services quieter, greener, less polluting and more efficient. Most involve batteries or fuel cells and relatively short routes. However, this is one which caught my eye recently.

    Last year the French engineering company Alstom presented a zero-emission, self-powered train at the annual InnoTrans trade fair in Berlin. It was a modified version of a service-proven, diesel-powered unit, the Coradia Lint 54, with hydrogen fuel cells and hydrogen storage replacing the diesel engines.