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We cannot Pretend any More - this is a Climate Emergency

November 21, 2019 2:32 PM

Climate change can no Southwell Flooding
longer be ignored or
considered as a fringe issue.
It impacts on every single
person and every community.
A recent report indicates that a
quarter of Britain's wildlife
could be at risk of extinction
from climate change. We simply
cannot permit that to happen.
The Liberal Democrats have
always been Britain's greenest
major party and the coalition
was the greenest government
ever, thanks to our input and
our success. We have now
proposed a raft of new
environmental protections. The
most significant of these is to
impose an environmental duty
of care on UK firms. The aim of
this would be to prevent UK
firms selling goods from
deforested areas and also to
require them to inspect their
supply chains.
Parliamentary candidate David
Watts said: "We can't go on with
a situation where firms are able
to turn a blind eye to what is
being done in their name and on
their behalf elsewhere in the
world. Climate change doesn't
recognise national boundaries
and we need to ensure that
British companies ensure their
supply chains meet our
standards.
Other plans by the Liberal
Democrats include making it
much easier for people to switch
to green energy, and to require
that all new homes are built in
the most sustainable way
possible. The coalition was
moving towards this but the
Conservative government that
followed scrapped all of this. We
also want to ensure that the
infrastructure is put in place to
make it easy for people to switch
to electric vehicles when they
next come to change their
existing cars.