Thursday, February 27, 2014

Victoria's Green Matters - 27th Feb 2014

Deal With IT's Secretary Victoria Nicholls writes a regular column in the East Kent Mercury:

Funny, isn’t it, how things seem to go in fashionable cycles? It was quite the thing to believe in climate change and take whatever steps you could to minimise your carbon footprint back in the days before the financial crisis. The first fallout from this was the failure of the climate conference in Copenhagen in 2009 and it’s been downhill ever since.

Despite declarations that climate change was the biggest challenge we’ll ever face from the LibDems in 2010, relations with Tory colleagues on green issues remain very strained. Over the years since the coalition was formed we have seen lots of environmentally important policies scrapped, lack of money being given as the reason. We now see one of the results of this process – the Environment Agency budget slashed by 40% is a dreadful legacy and has caused misery for so many people. If our government’s policies are not bad enough, we now have the spectre of UKIP raising its ugly head with its hatred of all things green.

In many places around the world, talk of climate change is looked upon as some kind of left wing plot, because the actions necessary to affect change cannot be left to financial institutions and big business. After all, oil, gas and mining companies have, so far, successfully headed off any threat of action to control the carbon emissions for which they are responsible.

Only fools will deny the evidence on man-made global climate change so maybe now we will see action to limit the damage.

Victoria Nicholls. Transition Deal.

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