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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:

  • Page: Jan 4, 2018


    A number of questions and issues with membership have arisen as a result of our new more active membership management processes. This page attempts to answer them. If you have any other questions, please email membership.

    1. Q: Why am I listed as an Associate? A: this happens when we don't have your liberal democrat membership number, or, in the future, the website link to the party membership database is telling us you are a non-member. If you have given different email addresses or postal addresses or name to us, the party or the website, this may cause an incorrect non-member status so we will be trying to make all three match.
    2. Q: How do I get my current GLD membership status? A: If you want an email giving your current status or a detailed rundown of the data we hold about you, just send us an email.
    3. Q:Can I change my payment method or amount? A: Certainly. While the best time to do this is on your renewal date, it can be done at any time. Email us to let us know, and just follow the instructions on the Join page, remembering to cancel your previous payment method.
    4. Q: Why have I been asked twice to update my details? A: We sent out an update form with Challenge to update our membership details and also to comply with a new law requiring explicit permission to store data (see below) and control contact permissions. However, many members had already been added to the website user list in an earlier attempt to synchronise the membership database with the list of interested people who had signed up on the website. As a result many people also received our xmas email which asked, as a courtesy, website users to update their details. This has caused some confusion for which we can only apologise.
    5. Q: Why is the Challenge opt out question so badly worded? A: Mea culpa. It is stored in the database as an opt-out, so I did it backwards without thinking. If you want to continue receiving Challenge, leave it as 'n'. If you want to be a member but not receive the printed version of Challenge (it is increasingly available online soon after publication), cross out the 'n' and write 'Opt out'. That will make it clear to us.
    6. Q: Why are communications permissions only for Optional communications? A: Simply, we can't run a membership organisation without communicating with our members, and we want to talk to you and have you talk to us! We are required to notify every member of AGMs and EGMs, and we need to tell you if your membership has been received or is up for renewal. We will use email for all this, but those few members who do not give us an email will need to be contacted by phone or post. This can get expensive, so we will be spending membership dues on admin instead of improving and promoting Libdem policies on the environment.
  • Elephant (http://meps4wildlife.eu/help-ban-eu-ivory-sales/)
    Article: Jan 3, 2018
    By Catherine Bearder MEP in GLD Challenge Magazine

    Think of Africa, and you think of elephants. But sadly, these glorious and magnificent animals are under serious threat from poaching.
    It is estimated that one elephant is killed every fifteen minutes by poachers who are part of a chain of criminal activity that makes immense profits from selling ivory tusks onto the global market. This illegal ivory is distributed all around the world with routes mirroring those of drugs, guns and trafficked people.

  • Document: Jan 3, 2018
    3.42 MiB drawing or desktop publishing document

    Challenge 2017 Summer

    Challenge magazine 2017 Summer front cover from GLD (https://greenlibdems.org.uk/en/page/challenge-magazine)

    Summer 2017 Challenge front cover

  • Document: Jan 3, 2018
    4.11 MiB drawing or desktop publishing document

    Challenge 2017 Winter

    Challenge December 2017 front cover (greenlibdems.org.uk)

    Winter 2017 Challenge front cover

  • Article: Jan 2, 2018

    If you walked all of Wiltshire's footpaths, bridleways and byways you'd have travelled 3,850 miles - equivalent to walking to Istanbul and back. In fact walking to Turkey might be easier because according to the Ramblers less than half of Wiltshire's network is easily passable. Some routes are blocked by barbed wire, many stiles and gates are in poor condition, and signposts have rotted away due to neglect.

  • Article: Jan 2, 2018
    By Steve Bolter

    New Year Vince Cable Video

    Steve Bolter's comments

    This video features a Team of young advisors trying to influence the recording of Vince's New Year Video.
    The environment is near the bottom of the Team's list and is not expanded on or reinforced.

    In the video within the video, Vince does not mention it in his bried reference to policies, but more important the enduring principles he puts forward do not include sustainability or principles from which it can simply be derived.

  • Plastic waste
    Article: Dec 14, 2017

    Liberal Democrat Councillors support enviromental protection measures

    We all need to make a conscious effort to change to stop the damage to the environment and all life on earth.

    • Single use plastic has crept into our lives.
    • Helium is a rare gas and needed for MRI scanners.
    • Chinese lanterns harm wildlife and farmer's livestock.
  • Challenge December 2017 front cover (greenlibdems.org.uk)
    Article: Dec 4, 2017

    Winter 2017 Challenge was posted to our members at Christmas 2017.

    • Catherine Bearder MEP on Ending the Ivory Trade
    • Bill Powell on Biochar
    • Felix Dodds on Young Liberals and the Green Guard 35 years later
    • Claire Maugham on Smart Energy Meters
    • Al Rodgers on CO2 emissions
    • Simon Oliver on restructuring GLD's finances
    • George Miles on Insulation
    • Rob Wheway on Obesity
    • Mariam Mahmood on Solar Roads
    • Letters, photographs and more!
  • Thomas Gravatt & Eleanor Bell
    Article: Dec 2, 2017
    By Southampton Liberal Democrats

    In letters to MPs Royston Smith and Alan Whitehead, Southampton Liberal Democrats have called for the protection of some of the city's most-loved natural sites to be maintained as the UK leaves the EU.

    Much of Southampton Water, parts of the River Itchen and Weston Shore are among areas protected by the EU's Habitats and Birds Directives. Yet with two key factors in the UK's environmental protection - the precautionary principle and the polluter pays principle - being omitted from the EU Withdrawal Bill, there are significant concerns that environmental protection could be threatened by Brexit.

    Parliamentary spokesperson for Southampton Test, Thomas Gravatt commented:

    "If safeguards for the environment are not guaranteed as we leave the EU then there are significant risks for many of the region's much-loved natural environments".

    His counterpart in Southampton Itchen, Eleanor Bell, emphasised:

    "It is vital for the future well-being of Southampton and its people that sites such as Weston Shore and the Itchen estuary are not threatened by Brexit. Their protection is our first priority".

  • 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).