Question 3: What global solutions do you propose for the environment?

9 Dec 2019 @ 8.30 pm
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What will your party do to provide global solutions to environmental problems?

Tom Franklin: We want to increase international aid, a lot of the funding will go to support countries to become carbon neutral. We need to deal with the airline industry and shipping, we need to work with countries like Brazil to protect the Amazon.

Nicholas Szkiler: Most people don’t understand the science. Carbon is not the only issue. Down the road at Drax power station they use biomass – growing trees to burn them – it’s ridiculous. We need innovative solutions to deal with pollution. THere is limitless tidal power available – and it doesn’t generate carbon.

Rachael Maskell: We all need to look at our lifestyles: I try and live the greenest way I possibly can. It’s incredibly arrogant of the UK government to say it will lead the world – we have to work in collaboration with other countries. We have to look at how we work in cooperation with global agreements – that’s the strength of the EU. Climate justice is about everybody’s justice.

James Blanchard: We’ve got to get rid of Brexit because we need to work together on the climate emergency. We are not going to change the world if we retreat to our small island. If we are talking about flights, and manufacturing standards, it matters that we change the world’s playbook, not just Britain’s. We can export green electricity to our neighbours via wind turbines made in Hull – but we need access to European markets to do that.

Andrew Dunn: The SDP document emphasises economic incentives. Britain can be an independent country and still do all it can on a global level, we can still do the same for the environment as if we were in the EU.

Andrew Snedden: We would declare a Yorkshire-wide climate emergency, and ban fracking. We can’t save the planet on our own, but we can provide a moral imperative to get people to join us, we can provide a powerful example to others, and we can use UK soft power to bring pressure to bear on the big emitters. We need to remove household gas boilers and properly insulate our largely Victorian housing stock and plant millions of trees.

Fabia Tate: This is one of the most important issues we are facing, and we can’t face it alone. I don’t think it’s arrogant of Conservatives to say we should be leading the way. We are putting £18bn into research and development, we need to be investing in ways to revolutionise the green market. Developments in battery power and renewables show what can be done. I am pleased that the Conservatives brought in a moratorium on fracking.