Sunday, March 22nd, 2015
What distinguishes the Green Party from other parties more than anything else is their stance on the environment. Whilst they have a broad range of policies, they claim to be the only party which really takes climate change and other environmental issues seriously. Increasingly people are realising that this actually matters. The Lael community Hydro Scheme led by Ullapool Community Trust is a good example of local communities who are trying to take action on climate change and provide financial benefits too and Greens fully support it.
Prospective Candidate for Ross, Skye and Lochaber, Anne Thomas claims “Throughout human history people have strived to make the world better for their children. It now looks as though in our striving for progress we may have over-reached ourselves and in the process in fact made the prospects worse for some current and many future generations. Some now suggest that our effects on the planet are so pronounced we have actually entered a new geological era; the Anthropocene[i] We thought we were powerless in the face of Nature. Now we are beginning to realise we are too powerful, but with the realisation of the effect we have had on our world has come a new determination to do something about climate change before it’s too late”.
“New research shows that the public are becoming more aware and concerned about climate change, particularly when they have been personally affected by extreme weather events. The floods last year in England had this effect. We had severe storms recently during which huge numbers of trees and power lines came down, which could add to our realisation that climate change is already happening and urgent action is needed[ii]. Though no one event can be proved to be due to climate change, we know that extreme events are more likely in a warming world”.
“Communities up and down the country are now taking the initiative, investing in the future and joining the fight to reduce the impact of climate change with community renewable energy whilst also providing income for their communities. More and more people are coming up with projects which help protect our environment at the same time generating income for community projects”.