We Will Always Act Strongly to Protect the Natural World We Love
Dr Sam Moss Green Party parliamentary candidate for Torbay, and life member of Devon Wildlife Trust, responds to the four questions asked jointly by the National Trust, the RSPB and Devon Wildlife Trust during this election campaign.
1. What will you do to ensure our wildlife is protected and restored after Brexit?
You can trust the Green Party to put the environment at the heart of everything we do.
Most of our vital protections for wildlife, nature and climate are at risk from Brexit – many may go.
We have an inspiring vision for the natural world, on land and at sea, with thriving species and healthy habitats. We guarantee that all EU protections will be retained and that we continue to collaborate with our European colleagues; we will ratify an Environmental Protection Act to safeguard and restore our environment, protect and enhance biodiversity, promote sustainable food and farming, and ensure animal protection; and we will establish a new national ecological network created around existing protected sites.
2. What will you do to ensure that wildlife thrives in our seas once more?
Our prosperity depends on the health of the natural world. It is the ultimate source of everything we make and use – from food and materials, to the air we breathe.
The Green Party will stand up for the maritime ecology surrounding us by mandating a wider, more effective network of Marine Protected Areas around our coasts, including fully protected No Take Zones permanently set aside from direct human disturbance, where all methods of fishing and extraction of natural materials, dumping, dredging or construction activities are prohibited, from which the removal of any resources, living or dead is prohibited.
3. What will you do to ensure we have new farming policies that support nature`s recovery?
We strive for thriving agricultural ecosystems that will deliver a healthy future for all of us.
Market driven government policies have increased industrialisation of agriculture, mass-produced food and dependence on fossil fuels. This comes with great ‘external costs’ to biodiverse habitats.
A Green government will support nature by:
· reforming agri-environment schemes to prioritise and support small-scale farmers who farm agro-ecologically;
· researching, promoting and supporting farming methods that reduce greenhouse gas emissions, enable carbon storage and have minimum impact on wildlife;
· supporting a national moratorium on GMO use in all agriculture;
· increasing localisation of the food chain;
· banning neonicotinoid and glyphosphate use;
· strengthening the hunting act; and
· ending the Badger cull.
4. What will you do to make sure we move to a low carbon economy?
We must leave the majority of fossil fuel reserves underground and unburned to liberate ourselves from the threat of climate change. Without doing so our future will never be as bright or as hopeful as we want it to be.
The Green Party will prioritise urgent measures – replacing fracking, coal power stations and subsidies to fossil fuels and nuclear with the clean green efficient renewable energy of the future, and investing in community owned energy. We will invest in warm homes for all, with a nationwide programme of insulation and retrofitting, require all new buildings to be Passivhaus standard, and will deliver a Green Industrial Strategy to build resilient national and local economies.
More information at: www.greenparty.org.ukFollow