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  • 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 should be posted to our members before Christmas 2017.

    • Catherine Bearder MEP on 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).

  • Environment
    Article: Nov 16, 2017
    By Andy Boddington in Liberal Democrat Voice

    In the Sunday Telegraph, Michael Gove sets out his plans for an environmental watchdog post-Brexit. As education secretary under David Cameron, he was seen as a career hungry politician willing to risk quality education in a drive to create academies, open creationist schools and dictate what was taught in lessons. He was marginally better as Justice Secretary, but not much. Now, he is well on the road to becoming Britain's leading environmental champion.

  • Wind Turbines (By Barrow_Offshore_wind_turbines.jpg: Andy Dingley derivative work: Papa Lima Whiskey 2 [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons)
    Article: Nov 16, 2017
    By Steve Mason in Liberal Democrat Voice

    Confusion reigns in the corridors of power with contradiction at every turn on the UK's energy needs. Recent reports on the UK's future in clean energy and climate change have flagged the critical need to prioritise low-carbon energy generation and the climate change obligations that the UK must meet by 2030.

  • MEPs put pressure on Commission for immediate EU ivory ban (http://meps4wildlife.eu/meps-put-pressure-commission-immediate-eu-ivory-ban/)
    Article: Nov 13, 2017
    By Catherine Bearder MEP

    MEPs for Wildlife was established in February 2015 as a cross-party interest group at the European Parliament campaigning for the EU to step up the fight against wildlife crime.

    As a group we aim to raise awareness at a European level about the threat posed by wildlife crime, which is now the fourth-largest illegal trade in the world.

  • Two minutes silence for Armistice Day (Keith Melton)
    Article: Nov 12, 2017

    11 am on the 11th day of the 11th Month

    Armistice Day - Sout East Liberal Democrat`s

    Regional meeting

    GLD at the South East Region

  • The front cover of the Autumn 2010 Challenge Magazine (Green Liberal Democrats)
    Article: Nov 11, 2017
    By George Miles

    Dear Green Liberals,

    please send us articles, news, photos, ideas etc for our December Challenge Magazine which will be posted to all our members.

    Most articles should also be published on our website, and hence be indexed by google.

    https://greenlibdems.org.uk/en/page/challenge-magazine-1

    The email address is challenge@greenlibdems.org.uk

  • Pat Marsh (Liberal Democrat Councillor for Harrogate,) (http://www.hftf.org.uk/blog/2017/10/31/hope-for-the-future-training-through-the-eyes-of-a-local-councillor#.WgRApmi0NGM=)
    Article: Nov 10, 2017

    Liberal Democrat Councillor for Harrogate, Pat Marsh

    In mid-October 2017, Hope for the Future delivered training to Zero Carbon Harrogate, a group dedicated to seeing their local area reducing its carbon footprint. Hope for the Future's co-founder and trustee, Jemima Parker is the Chair of this group and invited HFTF's Assistant Director, Sarah, to run a two hour session on how to contact MPs and local councillors about the issue of climate change. In the audience was a local Liberal Democrat Councillor for Harrogate, Pat Marsh. Pat was incredibly helpful to have there as she was able to offer her own perspective of how, as a local politician, she would like to be approached by local residents. Pat writes about how she found the session at:

    http://www.hftf.org.uk/blog/2017/10/31/hope-for-the-future-training-through-the-eyes-of-a-local-councillor