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  • Event: Nov 11, 2021 7:30 PM
  • Heat infrared view of a house (George Miles (dicegeorge))
    Article: Oct 19, 2021
    By Jed Marson
    In Green Liberal Democrats we are adamant. Making energy saving the nation's first priority is the best way forward.
    Compare the limited £3.9 billion announced over 3 years, to provide only 90,000 homes with a new type of hearing, with the £150 billion programme LibDem Leader, Ed Davey, proposes.
    That will insulate the social housing stock and help homeowners. How? Industry will develop new materials and switch to new products with technology we know about and some new that we don't know about now, to all but completely free us from the need for heating new domestic and commercial buildings. Changing regulations is key. If everyone has to meet the new regulations the scale of the market for sustainable tech will bring down prices in a competitive market.

    How will we pay for insulating homes?

    Vulnerability to escalating gas cost now shows that it won't take many years to recoup the cost to retrofit an existing property. The right government programme LibDems propose will result in the same quality of replacement technologies that will be m used by a newly sustainable industry supplying to new homes.
    The insulation of older homes will be much more complicated than for a new home and costly.
    Simple starts include thermal blinds until the windows need replacing. Then make it triple glazing and keep the blinds! The walls are complicated. It's the challenge every householder must tackle over time.
    Here in politics, government allows some big picture oddities. Consider this. At least two oil companies announced plans to buy back shares with spare profits. Their industry is subsidised. How's that wise? Sorry, that's a silly question with a government that talks about a new language in politics but spends more of its time covering up bad judgment and preference of donors. That could be explained by the £18 million in donations to the Conservative Party from developers.
    That means archaic building regulations will persist, with 20% plus profit margins in a cartel that sees too few homes built to bring supply up to demand, rabbit hutches and a generation that can't really afford a home.
    Then things get technical. Homes that don't include what's permitted in solar, haven't a hope of going above that level to tiles and 3 phase, to enable the whole roof of all new buildings to be covered in solar. The regulations stifle the ability for those buildings to be carbon neutral on day one. 3 phase is needed beyond the currently permitted solar panel limit.
    A government that swaps Ministers and doesn't get to the bottom of the numbers is all unfortunate for future generations and that's who we must ask to vote for us to change all this.
    Are you asking how it can it change, when lobby groups with money from the fossil fuel industry are heard and listened to, above the voice of the people, the science and reason? If we can get people to see that, their votes can help us to make the changes needed. Right now you can join the LibDems, help start and become active in a Green LibDem group in your region.

  • City of London
    Article: Oct 19, 2021
    By Lib Dems
    Liberal Democrat Leader Ed Davey has warned that the Government's new Net Zero Strategy is ignoring the "elephant in the room" by failing to include measures to stop investment in fossil fuel industries through the City of London.
    The former Energy and Climate Change Secretary is calling for new oil, gas and coal companies to be banned from the London Stock Exchange and for urgent action to stop the UK hosting the world's fossil fuel investments.
  • Article: Oct 17, 2021

    This afternoon, Cumbrian MP Tim Farron has written to the President of the COP26 climate conference, Alok Sharma, urging him to block plans for a new coal mine in Cumbria.

    According to a report in the Times at the weekend, Mr Sharma was said to be "apoplectic" with cabinet colleague Robert Jenrick, the Communities Secretary, after he gave the green light to the coal mine earlier this month.

  • Countdown to COP26
    Article: Oct 17, 2021

    There are now less than 100 days until COP26.

    That's a huge climate summit attended by leaders from across the globe, hosted right here in the UK. It's a chance for the UK to show real leadership in tackling the climate crisis - but Boris Johnson won't take it seriously.

    The Liberal Democrats have launched a Green Recovery Plan.

  • Event: Nov 18, 2021 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM

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    Special Interest Group for Carbon Tax

    Convenors Stewart Reddaway & Tahir Maher

    Zoom links will be circulated close to the meeting dates, but please contact the convenors to express your interest in being part of the group.

  • Event: Nov 23, 2021 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM

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    Special Interest Group for Doubling Nature

    Convenors Cllr Pippa Heylings & Jason Billin

    14 September - date subject to change due to guest speaker's availability...

    Improving biodiversity by challenging the impoverishment of our declining natural economy.

    The group will look at how significant increases in biodiversity might be reached by commitments to `Double Nature` both by government action at a national level, but also, significantly, by actions that can and should be taken by local authorities and community groups in particular.

  • Keith Melton's Chair (Keith Melton)
    Article: Sep 17, 2021
    By Keith Melton

    Changing the Preamble for People and Planet

    We hope to see many of our GLD family at the virtual conference this coming weekend and we have four fringe meetings to whet your political appetite. The fringes are loosely grouped under the strapline "For People and Planet" and there is a conscious element of addressing the issue of `Wellbeing` this year too. Indeed, our second fringe meeting, which is on Saturday evening, will address Wellbeing as its central goal, with our former MEP, Councillor Jane Brophy, Chairing the session from 17.35 pm onwards.

  • John P Shoesmith (John P Shoesmith)
    Article: Sep 15, 2021
    By John P Shoesmith

    How to Cut Carbon Emissions Quickly and Effectively

    Fossil fuels have delivered enormous benefits to humanity. Now, however, scientists are saying that the earth can't absorb much more of the carbon dioxide that fossil fuels produce.
    The scientists can't be exact, but the remaining carbon budget will be used up in less than 10 years at the current rate of consumption.

  • Event: Dec 16, 2021 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

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    Special Interest Group for Sustainable Development

    Convenors David Watts & Martin Horwood

    The steering Group for this SIG has already met and the first full meeting of the group to consider future campaigning on the issues involved will take place on Zoom on Thursday17th June. The Zoom link will be circulated closer to the meeting date but please contact the convenors to express your interest in being part of the group.