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GLD Challenge 2019-20 front cover (Northwest_Crown_Fire_Experiment © wikimedia)Welcome to the Green Liberal Democrats. the "environmental conscience" of our Party

20th June to 5th July - GLD Conference/Festival 2020 online

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  • new growth (Shutterstock)
    Article: May 31, 2020
  • Aeroplane (737) coming into land
    Article: May 31, 2020
    By Stewart Reddaway

    The current virus has temporarily reduced carbon emissions, but climate change is still important.

    Carbon offsetting is used to enable an organisation or person engaged in an activity that emits CO2 (or other Greenhouse Gas (GHG)), such as flying, to pay to support project(s) that reduce emissions so they can claim a neutral net effect on climate change. There is a wide range of such projects on offer commercially, an example being planting trees. The cost in £/ton of CO2 varies very widely, and the control and auditing of the validity of their claims is weak. Naturally, both organisations and people are tempted to opt for the cheapest, so there is pressure on projects to overclaim or be dishonest. An offsetting project must lead to additional GHG reductions over what would have happened anyway; for example, if it is profitable without subsidy (most wind or solar projects are now profitable) or is part of a country's Paris commitment, it is not valid. Double counting is of course dishonest.

  • Heat images showing losses through a building's envelope (Christian Vassie)
    Article: May 31, 2020
    By Geoff Harvey

    Retrofitting Britain's Housing Stock

    Britain's housing stock is the worst insulated in Europe and we won't meet our carbon reduction targets unless we do something about that. But we must face the reality that we can't bring our ageing housing stock up to an acceptable standard overnight; not only will it be very costly, but it will take years to accomplish. All the more need then, for policies which promote actively seeking out the opportunities with the highest carbon return on investment. We need to find ways to give the investment return an attractive immediacy and achieve a cultural shift to viewing poorly performing legacy housing stock not a as millstone, but as an exciting opportunity for renewal.

  • soil picture 1
    Article: May 29, 2020
    By Veronica-Mae Soar

    When I was growing up there was a catchphrase often bandied about (with a suitable rustic accent) - "The answer lies in the soil." There have always been some who understood the importance of soil; but it has now become an imperative, as we are told that if we continue as we are then we have around 60 years worth of harvests left to us.

  • Article: May 23, 2020
    By Diana Catton

    Gray and Green Turtle Swimming on Water

    We do not come across many wild turtles in the United Kingdom, but nevertheless it is important to think about them on their international day. They are the longest living species on the planet and nobody knows quite how long they can live - the oldest living land animal in the world is believed to be Jonathan the giant tortoise, who was apparently born in 1832. Before Jonathan achieved this distinction, another giant tortoise called Adwaita was believed to be about 260 years old at the time of his death.

  • Photograph of bees
    Article: May 20, 2020
    By Mary Page

    I knew there were lots of bees in the UK, 250 species in fact. I also knew that they're a vital element for biodiversity and how there's been colony collapse disorder, parasites, and pesticides that have been threatening our bee population, yet despite all that, I'm sorry I've never been a big fan.

  • From the Chair
    Article: May 20, 2020
    By Keith Melton

    "First chance for aspiring leadership candidates to capture green hearts and minds of the Party", says Lib Dem Environmental Think Tank

    Wednesday 20th May

    Leadership out of Pandemic to combat climate change...?

    "From the Green Liberal Democrat perspective, the recently announced leadership election for the new Leader of the Liberal Democrats, could not have come at a better timeF", says Keith Melton, chair of the Green Liberal Democrats.

  • David Mckenzie (David Mckenzie)
    Article: May 18, 2020
    By David McKenzie

    Just under 30,000 people are at serious risk of dying from toxic air quality across the Midlands over the next decade. We can no longer ignore the reality here, we must tackle pollution not only to save our environment but to save lives!

    The British Heart Foundation has warned the increase in the likelihood of strokes and related heart disease could lead to untimely deaths across the region. With the worst affected area being Lincolnshire.

  • Small logo - Green Liberal Democrats (Green Liberal Democrats)
    Article: May 14, 2020
    By Keith Melton and Steve Mason




    "Fossil Fuel based industries, such as airlines, should bear the brunt of emerging from Covid-19 pandemic", says Lib Dem Environmental Think Tank

    "The Government must prioritise lower carbon footprint industries as we emerge from the Coronavirus Pandemic" urged former North West Lib Dem MEP, Jane Brophy, a leading light of the Green Liberal Democrats, the Party`s environmental `think tank".

  • Airplane
    Article: May 12, 2020
    By Sam Al-Hamdani

    Lib Dems say Manchester Airport money must come with green conditions

    Following reports that Oldham Council is set to borrow in the region of £13 million to contribute to a Greater Manchester scheme to support Manchester Airport, Lib Dem Councillor Sam Al-Hamdani called on the scheme to be balanced by a requirement for the airport to introduce improved green targets.

GLD Challenge 2019-20 front cover (Northwest_Crown_Fire_Experiment © wikimedia)WELCOME to GLD

the "environmental conscience" of the Liberal Democrats

Climate change is 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.

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2020 GLD virtual conference logo (Jason Billin)GLD Conference 2020
20th June to 5th July