The climate emergency can only be tackled effectively by ensuring that every relevant decision taken by national government, local councils, businesses, investors, communities and households makes progress towards the net zero objective. We will set a new legally binding target to reduce net greenhouse gas emissions to zero by 2045 at the latest, and implement a comprehensive climate action plan, cutting emissions across all sectors.
With the luxury of a coastline as part of our constituency, and with an island no less, we have not one but two wonderful environmental opportunities in the constituency. Paul pledges to work with other local groups and campaigners to plant MILLIONS more trees and to develop the Blue Belt Scheme to protect our wonderful coastal waters.
We will introduce a Nature Act to restore the natural environment through setting legally binding near-term and long-term targets for improving water, air, soil and biodiversity, and supported by funding streams over five years. We'll invest in large scale restoration of peatlands, heathland, native woodlands, saltmarshes, wetlands and coastal waters, helping to absorb carbon, protect against floods, improve water quality and protect habitats, including through 45 piloting ‘rewilding’ approaches.
We will reduce basic agricultural support payments to the largest recipients and redeploy the savings to support the public goods that come from effective land management, including restoring nature and protecting the countryside, preventing flooding and combating climate change through measures to increase soil carbon and expand native woodland.
It is essential that we protect and restore England’s lakes, rivers and wetlands. To do so, we will reform our national water management, introduce higher water efficiency standards and establish a ‘blue belt’ of marine protected areas covering at least 50 per cent of UK waters by 2030, in partnership with UK overseas territories.
RECYCLING – A CIRCULAR ECONOMY
The successful economies of the future will be those which adopt ‘circular economy’ techniques, cutting resource use, waste and pollution by maximising recovery, reuse, recycling and remanufacturing. This will cut costs for consumers and businesses, protect the environment and create new jobs and enterprises. We will introduce a Zero-Waste and Resource Efficiency Act to ensure that the UK moves towards a circular economy.
Paul and the Lib Dems have long championed a circular economy, meaning one in which we recycle and reuse as much as we possibly can whilst minimising the amount of non recyclable materials we use. Paul campaigned passionately against the Conservative cuts at our local recycling centres.
Out of all the local councils within Hampshire, Havant Borough Council is the only one not to have declared a climate emergency. This needs to change to ensure that we are making the vital changes needed to protect our planet.
Paul pledges to introduce better recycling facilities within the Havant constituency to help strengthen incentives to reduce packaging and reduce waste sent to landfill and incineration.
Sign our petition to declare a climate emergency in Havant, and to plant more trees here