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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

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  • 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.

  • LibDems at County Hall
    Article: May 10, 2020

    The Lib Dem Group on Surrey County Council has called for the Council to reopen its Community Recycling Centres with social distancing measures to avoid fly tipping.

    This follows the latest advice from the Government that stated that Household Waste Recycling Centres can be open, but should have social distancing measures in place.

    Lib Dem Councillors are concerned the closure of local tips has started to result in a spate of very unwelcome fly tipping.

    Local authorities are focusing on household rubbish and food waste and regard the collection of garden waste and recycling as less of a priority. This coupled with Community Recycling Centres being closed and people being at home, so having time for gardening and housework, has resulted in an increase in fly tipping.

    Lib Dem Group Leader at County Hall, Councillor Chris Botten, said:

    "I am calling on Surrey County Council to reopen our Community Recycling Centres in a limited and safe manner to enable gardeners to dispose of their plant material and also for householders, who may be using the time at home to catch up with domestic jobs, to safely dispose of waste."

    "The County Council has been listening to concerns so far and I hope for a partial reopening of our community tips in the near future."

  • GLD Conference 2018 - Leon Duveen asking a question (KNDaws)
    Article: May 5, 2020
    By Leon Duveen

    The current Covid-19 Pandemic has been a tragedy for many, both here in the UK and around the world. Hundreds of thousands have died and, unless we find and distribute an effective vaccine, even more will die in the future.

    However, there have been some unlooked for environmental gains from the Pandemic which we need to see how we can make part of the post-Pandemic world.

  • liberty scales with text over background (©shutterstock)
    Article: May 5, 2020
    By Joe Dodd

    The climate and ecological emergency have had to compete with concerns about immigration, the Brexit negotiations and public spending on the NHS and schools.

    The desire to stop a damaging Brexit has even led staunch environmentalist Liberal Democrats to take their eye off the political ball. Just when climate change and the environment had finally risen up the political agenda in the UK and beyond, the coronavirus outbreak has forced it back down the list of government priorities.

  • From the Chair
    Article: Apr 29, 2020
    By Keith Melton

    Rebalancing Society - reviewing the economic costs

    We need a major economic shift as we emerge from the pandemic lockdown, which was put in place for health reasons but has inevitably had huge financial and economic repercussions. This is going to need more fundamental change than most current politicians seem ready to contemplate. It is certainly going to require change on a scale a Boris Johnson Government will not readily embrace. But then I wonder whether, or for how long, Johnson can stay in charge - as it would seem the long knives are already out of the drawer and being sharpened.

  • Will Forster with solar panels
    Article: Apr 26, 2020
    By Cllr Will Forster
    The Lib Dems are calling on the Government to extend a scheme that saves £140 on energy bills to households struggling due to the coronavirus pandemic helping an estimated 3,174 homes across Woking Borough.

    In a warning from the Lib Dem Climate Change Spokesperson Wera Hobhouse, the MP said these measures were needed before families are forced "to choose between heating their home or eating".

    The party's plans would see all households that fall into the government definition of fuel poverty access the Warm Homes Discount. The move would see some 2.5 million households across the UK - many of whom are not currently eligible for the scheme - benefit from £140 credit on their energy bills.

    In a letter to the Government backed by a cross-party group of 28 MPs Ministers have also been encouraged to bring forward plans to improve the energy efficiency of homes across the country in order to reduce fuel poverty in the long term. This comes on top of Lib Dem proposals to scrap VAT on energy bills and freeze Council Tax during the Covid-19 lockdown.

    Lib Dem Environment Spokesperson Wera Hobhouse MP said:

    "No-one should ever have to choose between heating their home or eating let alone in the face of the current health crisis. It is essential that the Government takes action to ensure no one is forced to do so."

    "I am therefore delighted so many cross-party colleagues across the House of Commons have joined me in writing to the Business Secretary to back this proposal."

    Lib Dem Spokesperson for Woking, Councillor Will Forster, added:

    "The Government already offers a Warm Home Discount on fuel to the poorest pensioners. Extending this to all those who meet the current definition for fuel poverty - 3,174 across Woking and 37,473 across Surrey - would make an enormous difference to thousands including many families with children."

    "We are also calling for a more focused effort to end fuel poverty permanently such as more insulation. This would be a win for both society and the environment: with better insulation, less energy is needed, reducing our dependence on fossil fuels."

  • Two Buzzards Circling
    Article: Apr 26, 2020

    We've always had buzzards up in the Chilterns where we live. But as when larger, elegant kites arrived, our plumper friends, the buzzards, seemed to gradually get fewer in numbers.

    Then, after 10 years or so, just as gradually, we seemed to be noticing them more frequently - sometimes catching a glimpse of one sitting on a branch, or hearing their mewing calls in the woods.

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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