Liberal Democrats will introduce five new laws to make Britain greener and protect the natural environment, says prospective Hackney South candidate, Ben Mathis. The measures include action to tackle air- and water pollution, targets for renewable energy and cutting CO2 emissions and boosting recycling and cutting waste.
Liberal Democrats in government have worked hard to keep the environment at the top of the agenda. The party wants to go further and build on their achievements in Government in areas including Britain’s rise in renewable energy, the Green Investment Bank and record investment in our railways.
The plans include new rights to access green space, new marine and coastal reserves, the roll out of an electric vehicle charging point network, ambitious waste reduction plans and new regulations to boost energy efficiency and renewable heat to cut energy bills.
The bills, to be introduced by Liberal Democrats in the next parliament and which will feature heavily in the party's election manifesto, are:
- A nature bill
- A heating and energy-efficiency bill
- A zero waste bill
- A zero carbon bill
- A green transport bill
Click HERE to read more about the Lib Dems' Five Green Laws and Energy Secretary, Ed Davey MP's announcement.
Ben Mathis, the Liberal Democrat prospective parliamentary candidate for Hackney South & Shoreditch has vowed to make environmental issues a central part of his campaign.
"We are fortunate in Hackney to live in a relatively green borough with several large parks and green spaces as well as having access to waterways like the Regent's Canal and the River Lea," says Ben, "but these are still constantly under threat from pollution, encroachment from development and overuse, and plain neglect."
"The package of measures in these five proposals would be fantastic for our natural environment and the sustainability agenda as a whole. I really hope voters will embrace these ideas and put pressure on all the parties to support them."
Right: Ben attends the launch of the RSPB's Vote for Bob campaign in Piccadilly.