I’m pleased to be able to offer my support to the following organisations for their election campaigns/manifestos:
* The Woodland Trust, which is calling for, among other steps, doubling of native woodland in the next 50 years.
* The RSPB’s “challenge on public spending”.
* I’m also getting lots of emails about climate change actions. In short, my response is:
We believe, and the scientific evidence supports us, that to avoid warming exceeding 2°C, the UK needs to adopt an initial annual carbon dioxide emissions reduction target of around 10 per cent, with the aim of reducing emissions by 90 per cent from 1990 levels by 2030, and 65 per cent by 2020 – starting now. By contrast the government has a distant target of 80% reductions by 2050 (and while we fail to cut now, we’re only storing up the need to cut radically later).
The Green Party supports the Contraction and Convergence framework for mitigating climate change. Under such a system all countries would eventually converge on the same low emissions per capita. Rich countries would need to contract to that level quickly, while poorer countries would contract much more slowly to that level, or in a few cases expand to meet it.
We are putting forward a string of practical proposals in a £44bn investment programme, including massive investment in large scale renewables like offshore wind, incentives for micro-generation, a free national housing insulation programme, a big switch to and investment in public transport, large investment in better waste disposal, better flood defences and a long term switch to environmental taxation.
* I’m also supporting the Vegetarian Society’s “Kinder Food manifesto”, which calls for a reduction in meat and dairy consumption in developed countries (worldwide the livestock industry is calculated to produce 18% of global greenhouse gases).