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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
greenlibdems.org.uk/conference

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Our latest News Articles:

  • Article: Jun 10, 2020

    The Government has today awarded North Yorkshire County Council £52.6 million in funding to invest in walking and cycling. This comes hot on the heels of a campaign launched by Knaresborough Town Councillor, Hannah Gostlow, calling for improved cycle paths locally to allow for distancing.

    Research shows there has been a significant improvement in both air and noise pollution in recent weeks, as well as a 70% increase in the number of people using bicycles.

  • Creative Commons license (CC-BY-SA 4.0) (Charles J Sharp)
    Article: Jun 7, 2020
    By Andrew Heaver

    I glimpsed a national treasure this morning. Fabulously dressed - like all males of his kind - in sensational shades of limoncello yellow, he was singing his little heart out. He was sitting in a hedge, but seemed quite happy to be there. The sight of him made my own heart sing, too.

    Flamboyant and colourful he may have been, but he was that rare thing: a national treasure that most people have never heard of, let alone seen. So exotic were his looks, and so rarely are his kind seen these days, you'd be forgiven for assuming that he was an escapee from the bird house at London Zoo, rather than a traditional resident of our countryside. And yet he and his kind - the Yellowhammers, who go by the delightful Latin name Emberiza citronella - have lived amongst us since time immemorial. If the sight of them is shocking and unfamiliar it is because we have pushed them into the margins, and then squeezed those margins to the vanishing point.

  • Wera Hobhouse (Wera Hobhouse)
    Article: Jun 6, 2020
    By Keith Melton

    Q & A session for Lib Dem Leadership contenders

    This will be your first opportunity to compare the platforms and appeal of the likely three contenders for the Leadership of our Party. We would normally like to call this a "Hustings" but it will appear before nominations close, so until the 9th July, nomination day, we can only refer to them as contenders rather than candidates!

  • From the Chair
    Article: Jun 5, 2020
    By Keith Melton

    Behind the Scenes...

    I thought it may be of interest to look behind the scenes at the psychology of organising an event. This brief article at least partially explains why there is what some may think of as a controversial, or "Hot-Button", topic as one of the first events of our series of green events. The session itself will be about Nuclear Weapons and the idea of ditching our committment to them in order to emerge from the economic effects of the Covid19 lock-down, in ways which may lead us into a more environmentally sound place than we were under the "Old Normal".

  • Article: Jun 4, 2020
    By Jason T Johnson

    We have had a couple of quizes online on Zoom,

    and have started a facebook group to inform those interested of other quizes

    https://www.facebook.com/groups/gldquiz/

    Please join us.

    The next Quiz is on Friday 5th June at 19:45 for an 20:00 start

    The theme is general knowledge with a bit of Harry Potter mixed in

  • Article: Jun 3, 2020
    By Sanne Dijkstra-Downie

    Man Riding Bicycle on City Street

    When I first moved to the UK from Holland almost eighteen years ago, someone told me I had to use the bus lane as a cyclist - I laughed. Then I realised they were serious.

    Over the past few weeks, this country has seen a massive increase in cyclists on the roads - young and old, fast and wobbly. With fewer cars around, many - often tentatively - have given cycling a go for the first time. Bike shops are doing a roaring trade.

  • Hereford new bridge (Peter Roberts)
    Page: Jun 1, 2020

    Photography 2020

    You are invited to enter the Photography 2020 Competition. As part of the GLD Green Festival (20th June -5th July) we have decided to run a photography competition for a bit of fun and to allow you to use your photographic and creative skills to share your story and feelings about the environment and green issues.

  • 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.

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
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