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First established as the Liberal Ecology Group in 1977, the Green Liberal Democrats functions as an environmental Think Tank for the Party; puts on fringe meetings; an annual conference; and produces resources for campaign action. About.

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Join the Green Liberal Democrats at our Summer School & Conference

In Nottingham and Online - 11th June 2022

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Here's what you'll access with your ticket:

  • 'Green Debut' training sessions.
  • Keynote speeches.
  • Panel discussions.
  • Special Interest Groups.
  • Campaign planning.
  • Networking opportunities.
  • A vegan lunch!

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Challenge 2021 front cover - Green Liberal Democrats magazine (Pete Roberts, Gorge Miles, Jason Billin)

Our Latest Articles:

  • Sewage
    Article: Mar 28, 2022
    By Green Liberal Democrats

    We've found that of all the problems facing us, many of our campaigners are finding the sewage crisis to be particularly resonant on the doorstep.

    The rural equivalent of air quality in cities, 36% of UK voters said they would be less likely to vote for an MP who did not support a ban on raw sewage dumped in rivers, rising to 41% of those who voted Conservative in 2019.

    In this Green Liberal Democrat Sewage Briefing, we'll discuss the problem we face, the solutions proposed by our party, and how we campaign on this issue to win seats and drive change.

    The Problem:

    Water companies made £2.8 billion of collective profits in 2020 and discharged raw sewage 400,000 times - for more than 3.1 million hours total.

    Shockingly, these figures are low-end estimates.

    They only encompass events self-reported by companies, and we are aware that not every incident is filed. For example, Southern Water were recently fined £90 million after they admitted 6,971 illegal discharges between 2010 and 2015.

    While some releases may be partially treated, storm overflows are raw and diluted only by rainwater. As a result, they contain anything that goes down the drain, from human waste to household chemicals and plastics.

    Also, following the impact on the UK's supply chains from Brexit and the Coronavirus pandemic, the Government enabled companies to discharge sewage at any time if there are a lack of treatment chemicals.

    Beyond just being unpleasant, sewage causes serious damage to waterway ecosystems, plant, animal, and human health.

    43% of river water bodies were impacted in 2020. Only 14% of rivers in the UK are of 'Good Ecological Status' within the Water Framework Metric, and over half of England's rivers fail to pass cleanliness tests.

    Sewage released into rivers contains high levels of nitrogen and phosphorous. These stimulate the growth of algae such as phytoplankton in the water or mats known as biofilms in the sediments, which can lead to algal blooms.

    Algal blooms block light needed for photosynthesis. Plants die, and are then eaten by bacteria which reduce oxygen in the water. Simultaneously, microorganisms decompose sewage and use oxygen from the water for aerobic respiration. Low levels of oxygen in water represents a significant threat to fish and insects.

    In UK waters, burbot and sturgeon are already extinct, while salmon - the so-called King of Fish - has suffered significant declines since the 1960s, and the European eel remains critically endangered.

    Toxic algae is also simulated by the nutrients from sewage dumping, producing chemicals that are dangerous to not only fish, but to humans or dogs that ingest the water.

    Surfers Against Sewage found that raw material had been discharged 3,000 times into English and Welsh bathing water beaches in 2020, linked to 153 reported sicknesses, primarily gastroenteritis and infectious diarrhoea.

    The Solution:

    At Spring Conference 2022, the Liberal Democrats passed a motion supported by the Green Liberal Democrats, proposed by Tim Farron MP and summated by our Vice Chair of Campaigns Cllr Pippa Heylings.

    The motion calls on the Government to:

    1) Set meaningful targets and deadlines for water companies to end sewage discharges.

    2) Introduce a Sewage Tax on water companies profits to fund the cleanup of waterways.

    3) Reduce the number of licences given to water companies permitting them to discharge sewage into rivers.

    4) Strengthen Ofwat's powers to monitor the annual financial plans and reports of the water companies in order to compel them to achieve a fair and transparent balance between consumer prices, shareholder dividend, staff remuneration and ongoing long-term investment in storm water infrastructure.

    5) Add local environmental groups onto water companies' boards.

    6) Work with local authorities to ensure water companies protect our rivers and seas by:

    i) Water companies being required to invest upfront in sewerage infrastructure to reflect environmental objectives in Local Plans and planning applications.

    ii) Identifying powers of local authorities under the statutory duty to promote wellbeing of the area and provide councils with the funding to meet this duty.

    The Campaign:

    P.S: If you know a fellow local campaigner who would find this briefing useful, feel free to share it with them and encourage them to join us for more guidance and resources throughout the year!

  • Spring Conference Green Guide
    Article: Mar 11, 2022
    By Green Liberal Democrats

    Throughout Spring Conference this weekend, there are a vast quantity of environmentally considered motions, fringe discussions, and speeches.

    We've collated them together to help you organise your calendar. We hope to see you at many of these, getting stuck in with all that Conference has to offer.

    If you have yet to sign up:

    Register Here

    P.S: If you're a first-timer who has never been to Conference, you can register for just £5 and get full access.

    Friday 11th March

    15:05 - 15:35: Policy Motion - COP15 and the UK Government
    Mover: Kate Parminter
    Summation: Richard Benwell

    17:40 - 18:45: Fringe - Green Liberal Democrats
    Legal Remedies for Climate Change

    18:45 - 19:00: Speech - Cllr Pippa Heylings
    PPC for South Cambridgeshire and Vice Chair Campaigns, Green Liberal Democrats

    19:05 - 19:50: Policy Motion - Action to Improve Air Quality
    Mover: Cllr Hina Bokhari AM
    Summation: Cllr Jon Ball

    Saturday 12th March

    11:40 - 12:20: Policy Motion - Ending Sewage Discharges
    Mover: Tim Farron MP
    Summation: Cllr Pippa Heylings

    14:45 - 15:45: Question and answer session: Sir Ed Davey MP

    16:35 - 17:40: Fringe - Green Liberal Democrats
    Energy Security: Breaking our Addiction to Fossil Fuels

    16:35 - 17:40: Fringe - LGA Liberal Democrat Group, ALDC, York Lib Dems
    The Local Race to Net Zero

    16:35 - 17:40: Fringe - Defra Spokesperson Q&A
    Tim Farron MP and Baroness Bakewell

    19:20 - 20:00: Back British Farmers
    Mover: Tim Farron MP
    Summation: Helen Morgan MP

    Sunday 13th March

    09:30 - 10:45: Emergency Motions or Topical Issue Discussions

    11:50 - 13:00: Speech - Sir Ed Davey MP

    13:00 - 14:15: Fringe - Green Liberal Democrats
    Local Government Action for COP27

    19:35 - 20:10: Policy Motion - COP27 and Climate Empowerment
    Mover: Cllr Pippa Heylings
    Summation: ALDC

  • ALDC x GLD
    Article: Feb 16, 2022
    By Green Liberal Democrats

    We've missed in-person events. That's why ALDC have launched Spring Conference Live in York, from 12-13th March.

    This is a weekend of training, panel discussions, catching up with friends, fellow campaigners, our MPs and Peers.

    Plus - attend the Leaders Speech Live from the Auditorium at the York Park Inn.

  • Article: Jan 29, 2022
    By Julia Ewart

    Back in 2021 there was a little flurry of excitement in the GLD Admin team when Francis Thomas was appointed as the Political Assistant to the group, whilst Julia Ewart came along and offered her energy to the team.

    In the short term Julia was seconded to the Membership team and she's worked along with Francis and the out going Membership Officer to 'tidy up' the membership list and to get the admin programme on track. Francis wrote a clear and punchy questionnaire to analyse the GLD offer and members were candid in their replies.

  • Article: Jan 29, 2022
    By Jason Billin

    Proposer - Jason Billin

    To separate out the roles of Treasurer and Membership Development Officer.

    As follows:

    6) Executive Committee

    Change:

    a Membership of the Executive Committee shall consist of seven elected officers [Chair, Vice Chair-Political, Vice Chair-Organisation, Vice Chair-Communications, Vice-Chair Campaigns, Youth Officer and Honorary Treasurer]; six elected ordinary members; and up to four additional co-opted ordinary members, in addition to those co-opted to fill any vacancies. Any vacancies occurring on the Executive Committee through resignation shall be filled by recounting the election in which the candidate was elected, redistributing his / her votes to their second preferences at the first stage. Any vacancies occurring through a lack of candidates may be filled by the Executive Committee by co-option.

  • Article: Jan 29, 2022
    By Jason Billin

    "You're still muted!" Another year of Zoom meetings and the odd excursion to help fight by-elections

    2021 has continued to pose difficulties due to remote working and social distancing.

    If, like me, you are involved in multiple voluntary and work-based teams, meetings sat at the desk, or on mobile phone (see, I can multi-task) tend to blur into one another…

  • Keith Melton's Chair (Keith Melton)
    Article: Jan 21, 2022
    By Keith Melton

    2021 - GLD Chair`s Report

    In the interests of developing synergy, I thought I would write an article for the Green Liberal Democrat website that would also function as my Chair`s Report to the GLD AGM to be held on Saturday 29th January. So, it would be good to see as many of you there as we can manage to get along.

  • AGM 2022 Graphic
    Article: Jan 10, 2022
    By Green Liberal Democrats

    We hope you all enjoyed a relaxing festive period.

    2022 will be an essential year for the Green Liberal Democrats, the party, and the wider environmental movement.

    Our Annual General Meeting is scheduled for 4PM on Saturday the 29th January.

    Add the event to your Google Calendar here

    The AGM provides a platform to elect our officers and executive and agree on a shared direction of travel in this most vital year.

  • Helen Morgan Hero
    Article: Dec 20, 2021
    By Green Liberal Democrats

    It's been a great week to be a Liberal Democrat. Green Liberal Democrat Accredited Candidate Helen Morgan defied the odds. Meanwhile, a hard-fought victory for Suzanne Fairless-Aitken in Hexham East took Northumberland County Council out of Conservative control.

    Since May 2021, we have gained the most seats in local byelections of any UK party. We accumulated more votes than any other party. We have won two headline Parliamentary seats through incredible vote swings. We're a strong campaign force again. But we cannot rest.
  • COP26 with Ed Davey
    Article: Nov 30, 2021
    By Green Liberal Democrats

    The Last Month - November

    We said that you would hear more from us. This is the debut edition of 'The Last Month', a new monthly email describing just what we've been getting up to on your behalf.

    Be sure to forward this to share how the Liberal Democrats are delivering on green action!

    It's been a bumper month for GLD, and our most instrumental in a long time.


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Keith Melton is the 2020 Chair of GLD -
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