Climate change

Climate change is just one element of a broader ecological disaster – drastic action is required to avert a global catastrophe.

We must take a lead. It will be very expensive, but we must act now if we are to give our children any chance of tackling this crisis.

The Peoples Party must:
adopt a comprehensive strategy to avert the ecological crisis facing the UK
triple green electricity generation capacity, modernise the national grid, ensure its ongoing stability and enable on demand connection
plan to replace traditional gas boilers with heat source pumps or electric/eco boilers by 2035, encourage domestic energy production and initiatives to improve insulation
plan to get polluting vehicles off the road by 2035, encouraging the purchase of electric cars and trucks
phase out livestock and dairy farming, replacing it with eco-friendly land uses, including affordable housing
champion biodiversity, including initiatives to tackle the cataclysmic loss of insects, animals and plants
act to eliminate river pollution through proper management of catchment areas
plant billions of trees, encouraging tree nurseries with an initial aim of more than doubling woodland by 2050
support geoengineering efforts to tackle the world’s biggest problems at source

Policies must deliver massive cuts in emissions while stimulating economic growth, permitting further investment in eco-friendly infrastructure and projects. We must not only embrace challenging targets, but we must also take the hard decisions to deliver them.

Our current progress is simply not good enough. Aside from global warming, pollution is a major contributor to illness, killing tens of thousands each year. Half measures, wishful thinking and prevarication are simply not good enough. The failure to invest sufficient in clean energy, not updating the electricity grid, the lack of charging infrastructure for electric vehicles, the pollution of our rivers and coasts, the destruction of habitats and the loss of wildlife are prime examples. Fiddling while Rome burns is an apt analogy.

It is evident that the future is electric. We must act now to ensure that the UK has sufficient clean and reliable electricity generation capacity to meet future demand. Only when this is in place can we succeed in removing the need for fossil fuels.

We must champion an agrarian revolution that will massively reduce pollution from livestock and dairy production. We must reverse our impact on the natural world, seeking to make good losses in vital elements of the food chain such as insect populations.

Government must not seek to “make money” from climate change by introducing new taxes. It should instead limit and ban emissions directly. Likewise, we must guard against “offshoring” pollution and demand imported products to be produced under the same eco-friendly requirements we will adopt in Britain.