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Caroline Lucas, former co-leader of the Green Party and its candidate in Brighton Pavilion, showcased the Party’s commitments on nature and launching A New Deal for Nature, at an event at The Linnean Society in central London.

A New Deal for Nature is an independent report commissioned earlier this year to inform her work in Parliament, as well as to feed in to the Green Party’s policies on nature and stimulate public and political debate.  It’s been written by a group of leading UK conservationists and nature writers, Mark Cocker, Jeremy Mynott, Jake Fiennes, Helen Smith and Patrick Barkham.

“We are not only running out of time on the climate emergency, there’s also little time left to reverse the catastrophic decline in nature and wildlife,” Lucas said.

“This election has to mark a turning point and the moment when people vote for Nature.”

  Green party commitments on nature and wildlife

It is more urgent than ever to reverse the decline of wildlife and nature in Britain, one of the most nature-depleted countries in the world.  The 2019 State of Nature report found that 41% of species in the UK have declined, and a quarter of mammals are at risk of disappearing altogether.

The Green Party’s manifesto has more than 70 proposals related to nature and wildlife, with the boldest and best policies for protecting it – for the benefit of people and nature.  As the UN global assessment of nature, the IPBES, made clear, the breaking of environmental limits presents extreme danger for all humanity.

Among manifesto pledges are a 10-year transition to agro-ecological farming, more outdoor learning and the introduction of a GCSE in Natural History to encourage better knowledge and understanding of nature. 

One of the party’s key proposals is for a Sustainable Economy Act, so that the way we run our economy works with nature not against it, with new legally binding targets for biodiversity, soil health and water quality alongside other measures.

It is a broken economic system which has caused both the climate and biodiversity crises, and that has to be addressed if we are to restore our natural world.

That means moving away from endless consumption and GDP growth as the measure of economic success, scrapping environmentally destructive projects like HS2 and airport expansion, and repurposing the economy so that it also serves the needs of future generations.

While the Green Party manifesto is more ambitious and comprehensive than any other in its pledges on nature and wildlife, the Party recognises the importance of being challenged by experts to ensure policies measure up to the challenges we face.

Report recommendations

A New Deal for Nature focuses on eight areas for change including farming, schools & young people, urban wildlife, the marine environment and biosecurity.  Among its 80 recommendations are:

  • New national parks, with a goal of designating 20% of Britain as national park.
  • Every farmer should devote a minimum of 15% of their land to nature, and be paid to do so.
  • All primary schools should deliver one hour a day outdoor learning every day, in addition to break time. 
  • Twin every primary school with a farm
  • Encourage more wildlife-friendly gardens by casting off the obsession with tidiness. Ban the sale of all plastic grass, unless for sports pitches via planning permission.
  • Wild public land. Hospital grounds to be re-greened and re-wilded to aid patient recovery
  • Permanently protect some brownfield sites as SSSIs, give others “pop-up” temporary wildlife protection
  • A moratorium on expansion of aquaculture operations, particularly open-cage salmon farming, shown to be harming the aquatic environment..
  • Improve early-warning systems to assess the threats posed by invasive, non-native species which are growing by 10-12 species every year. 

Caroline Lucas said at the report launch:

“Other parties still ignore the fundamental economic and infrastructure changes we need to truly protect the natural world.  We’re looking ahead to what’s being called ‘2020 super year’ for nature and climate with crucial international summits taking place.

“Yet we’re also looking at a Johnson Brexit deal that is even worse for the environment and nature than the May hard-Brexit deal.  Now more than ever, we need more Green MPs to stand up for wildlife and put the wellbeing of people and nature first across all policy making.”

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2019-12-05 15:00:00 The Green Party

https://www.greenparty.org.uk/news/2019/12/03/green-party-to-invest-£12-billion-a-year-in-renewables-for-energy-revolution/
The Green Party will invest £12 billion a year in renewables to revolutionise the way we produce energy and produce 75,000 jobs in the process, it has announced today.

The fully-costed plans include a massive investment of £8.4bn each year to build an additional 40,000 wind turbines by 2030, providing 70% of the UK’s electricity.

The Greens will also provide additional support for other renewable energies such as solar, geothermal, tidal and hydro to provide much of the remainder of the UK’s energy supply by the end of the next decade.

This investment will be focused on enabling local communities to develop their own renewable energy projects, so that the benefits of locally generated energy can stay local.

The radical proposals form part of the Green Party’s ambitious Green New Deal which aims to ensure the UK is on track to carbon net zero by 2030.

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Former Green Party leader and candidate for Brighton Pavilion, Caroline Lucas, said : “We need a radical transformation of our energy system if we are to meet net zero carbon emissions by 2030. Investing in community-based renewable energy will not only help reach that target, but also puts power in people’s hands.

“This is the Green New Deal in action: delivering clean energy, green jobs and empowering local communities”.

Lucas today [Tuesday 3 December] visited a solar farm in Bristol with Bristol West candidate Carla Denyer, a former wind farm engineer.

Denyer said: “Before I got into politics, I was a renewables engineer. But I got frustrated trying to change the world one wind turbine at a time. With this policy, the Green Party would usher in the kind of large-scale change to our energy generation that Britain needs to be carbon neutral by 2030.

“It’s ambitious and optimistic. But the time for delay on climate action is over. We have the technology to go carbon neutral. We have the people and we have the skills. All we need now is the will. The time for action is now.”

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2019-12-03 15:00:00 https://www.greenparty.org.uk/news/2019/12/03/green-party-to-invest-£12-billion-a-year-in-renewables-for-energy-revolution/ The Green Party

https://www.greenparty.org.uk/news/2019/12/03/green-party-announces-end-to-“throwaway-economy”-and-create-a-“repair-cafe”-in-every-community/
The Green Party has promised to end the “throwaway economy” with a new suite of policies designed to encourage repair and reuse.

The launch takes place at the Goodlife Centre, Southwark; a community focused studio and workshop space. The Party will announce two key policies: a “Right to Repair” and “Repair Cafes”.

A comprehensive “Right to Repair” will require manufacturers to keep goods operational for years after purchase and encourage repair and reuse. The practice of producing goods with the deliberate intention that they will become obsolete within a few years time will be banned.

“Repair Cafes” will give local communities the skills and tools to repair, upgrade and customise their belongings. Using and borrowing equipment will give people access to expensive items such as power tools and sewing machines.

Based on figures from WRAP, this policy could save the average UK household around £800 a year, which is the value of electrical equipment thrown out and replaced.[3]

Green Party Co-Leader, Sian Berry, and Deputy Leader, Amelia Womack, delivered a keynote speech.

Sian Berry, Co-Leader of the Green Party, said:

“From the coffee cup you chuck in the bin, to the smartphone you upgrade year after year, disposability is at the heart of our economic model. And we all know it’s not right. It doesn’t feel right. It doesn’t make us happy. Nobody wants to add to the mountains of junk choking our natural world

“Today, we are pleased to propose a right to repair, which would make it a legal requirement for companies to lengthen the lifespan of their products, make spare parts available, and build them in ways which can be fixed by everyday tools.

“This is an essential step towards cutting waste and going net-zero by 2030, and none of the other parties are even talking about it.”

Amelia Womack, Deputy Leader of the Green Party, said:

“Today, we’re excited to pledge that Greens will support the creation of a repair cafe on every high street in Britain.

“Our high stress have been devastated over the last ten years. We need to rebuild the fabric of our communities. Repair cafes are just one step to deliver innovative ideas that support people’s needs and save people money, while helping the environment.

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Sian Berry said:

Good afternoon, thank you so much for having us here today.

It’s so great to be in a place like this where we get to actually use our hands and be creative, something which we don’t make enough time for these days.

But that’s something that Greens are going to change.

We know we live in a throwaway culture.

From the coffee cup you chuck in the bin, to the smartphone you upgrade year after year, disposability is at the heart of our economic model.

And we all know it’s not right. It doesn’t feel right. It doesn’t make us happy.

Nobody wants to have to send a hoover to landfill, just because the manufacturer refuses to send a new nozzle.

Nobody wants to add to the mountains of junk choking our natural world.

Nobody wants children working down mines for minerals for a new phone they don’t actually want – but model after model keeps breaking down.

This isn’t right.

We need a step change across industry and manufacturing.

Today, we are pleased to propose policies, as part of our Green New Deal, that tackle waste, cut down on the carbon from the products in our lives, and place these actions at the heart of our communities.

In our estimates of the carbon impact of our Green New Deal we have the top-down big investments from the Government – in energy, home energy efficiency, transport across the country and agriculture. All parties are starting to think about these things, though none are putting in anything like the level of investment we plan to.

BUT Greens are unique in also having a local Green New Deal – making sure that we aren’t just doing this from the top down but also from the bottom up.

Our manifesto puts £10 billion back in the budgets of local authorities, so they can restore their local services, like libraries and community centres, children’s services and youth centres. And we are also putting a further £3 billion at their disposal for climate adaptation and green initiatives.

Our local Green New Deal, in total, we estimate will save a further 10-15% per cent of carbon on top of the savings from our main investments. It’s our bottom-up, grassroots focus, and our focus on the embedded carbon in our stuff that sets us apart from the other parties in this election.

In addition, we’ll put forward legislation, in Europe or in Parliament, for a real right to repair, which would make it a legal requirement for companies to lengthen the lifespan of all their products, make spare parts available, along with instructions and diagrams, and build them in ways which can be fixed by everyday tools.

This is an essential step towards cutting waste and going net-zero by 2030, and none of the other parties are even talking about it.

The environmental impact of the right to repair would be transformative.

Greens are thinking things through and making plans to throw away a throwaway economy.

And this isn’t just about industry and legislation and emissions. This is about how throwaway culture impacts us as human beings and communities.

The truth is that we are stuck on a treadmill of consumerism and waste which is driving the ecological emergency.

But in a place like this, we can imagine what it’s like to stop the treadmill.

What it’s like to take care of the things you own, to take pride in developing new skills, and to take pleasure in being together.

We urgently need more spaces like these.

Not just to stop the flow of waste and mindless consumerism. But to rediscover the transformative power of creativity and community.

We see the culture shifting around us, with repair cafes sprouting up across the country.

These are places where you can bring something broken, and volunteers will help you fix it, giving you the tools, skills and guidance you need to revive the objects you use everyday.

Rather sending things to landfill, you give things a new lease of life.

Rather than replace something, you restore something.

Rather than going shopping and spending money alone, you create something together.

This is our vision. And greens are ready to make this vision a reality.

 

Amelia Womack said:

Today, we’re proud to put forward a new policy – Greens would enable every community in Britain to have a repair cafe, right on their high street.

We’d make it a duty of all local authorities to find a space in every community to host a repair cafe, as part of our local Green New Deal to restore funding and community services to local councils.

The repair cafes will look something like the space we are here.

A place where you can learn new skills, use your hands, be creative.

A place where we can step off the treadmill of consumerism, and slow the flow of waste into our natural world.

A place to reignite the vigour of local communities which so many of us are longing for.

Because when we create together, we can develop collective solutions to common problems. We form new friendships, we find common ground and we rediscover the meaning of community.

These Repair Cafes offer so much to so many. Not just for the environment but to help build stronger communities too.

Everyone will have their own hobbies, interests and needs that could benefit from this community access to tools and equipment.

These can be expensive to get into – so much kit to buy, so many skills to learn. Repair Cafes would open up so many opportunities and lower the barriers to entry.

My own love is fashion, and the quest for developing great style without it costing the earth.

There are many people like me in various forms – the vintage shoppers, the charity shop bargain hunters, the upcyclers, the modern seamstresses and tailors doing amazing things.

Repair Cafes would be a place that people could learn these skills and have access to a huge selection of tools without any of that upfront cost.

Together, we can get off the treadmill of waste, end throwaway culture and reconnect to the things we own.

And this is what repair cafes can offer.

The possibilities are endless, and the opportunities are enormous.

We’ll repair our things, we’ll repair our communities, and we will repair our environment.

It is all part of changing the culture and setting up the building blocks for a sustainable society.

This is just one expression of the Green New Deal which is set out in the Green Party manifesto.

And by electing Green MPs, this is the type of future we can aspire to.

Thank you

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2019-12-02 11:51:00 https://www.greenparty.org.uk/news/2019/12/03/green-party-announces-end-to-“throwaway-economy”-and-create-a-“repair-cafe”-in-every-community/ The Green Party

https://www.greenparty.org.uk/news/2019/11/28/hs2-is-an-act-of-ecocide-green-party-call-for-end-to-devastating-£80-billion-project/
The Green Party will call to abolish HS2 at a campaign rally outside the Department for Transport at 3pm on Thursday 28th November.

The announcement follows reports earlier in the year that HS2 Ltd has estimated the total cost of reaching around £80bn. The Green Party would instead spend the money investing in local and regional transport links.

Green Party Co-Leader Jonathan Bartley spoke to the rally, which will include Green Party Candidates, activists and other Stop-HS2 campaigners.

Green Party co-leader Jonathan Bartley said:

“HS2 is an act of Ecocide and must be stopped. It will bulldoze huge areas of natural woodland and cut wildlife habitats in half. HS2 would come at eye watering cost to both the taxpayer and our environment.

“Instead of causing this huge environmental disaster, the Green Party would invest in local and regional transport infrastructure, particularly in the North, Midlands and South West of England. This will include upgrading and electrifying rail networks, re-opening closed stations, providing free bus transport for everyone, and spending £2.5 billion a year on new cycleways and footpaths.”

“Whilst a handful of MPs have stood up against High Speed 2, reacting to the threat this will pose to their communities, it’s deeply concerning that the official lines of the top three parties are all to go full steam ahead with it.”

“Only the Green Party opposes this nightmare project.

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2019-11-28 20:00:00 https://www.greenparty.org.uk/news/2019/11/28/hs2-is-an-act-of-ecocide-green-party-call-for-end-to-devastating-£80-billion-project/ The Green Party

https://www.greenparty.org.uk/news/2019/11/25/green-party-supports-striking-university-and-college-staff/
Green Party co-leader Jonathan Bartley has today expressed the Green Party’s support for the strike by University and College Union (UCU) members at 80 universities around the UK.

 

Bartley said: “This is about the long-term wellbeing and welfare of both staff and students. Staff at our universities have been pushed beyond breaking-point by institutions that are not giving them proper pay and conditions, or pensions, and that are leaving huge numbers trapped in the uncertainty of zero-hours and variable hours contracts.

 

“The future of our world-class universities, and the quality of education of students, is dependent on staff being treated properly. I know from speaking to UCU members at previous strikes how much they fear not only for their own futures, but also their students’ futures. University pay structures need to be rebalanced away from ludicrously high pay for a few management staff, and towards maintaining the pay and conditions for those doing the teaching and research.”

 

Carla Denyer, Green Party MP candidate for Bristol West and a local councillor representing a ward with many university staff and students living in it, said: “At last week’s Student Union hustings at the University of Bristol, I spoke to many students who are highly sympathetic to the staff’s plight, and who will be joining them on the picket lines.

 

“Students are weighed down by the huge weight of student debt, a pressure the Green Party plans to take away from them by ending tuition fees and paying off existing student debt, but their lecturers are increasingly suffering also from intolerably low pay, poor conditions and insecurity.

 

“I have been on the picket lines and at the rally in Bristol this morning supporting striking university workers. The commercialisation of higher education benefits nobody. I fully support the UCU’s demands, especially their call for an end to casualisation of the workforce. The Green Party wants to stamp out casualisation in education, and would do this by offering all hourly paid staff and agency staff salaried contracts.”

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2019-11-25 13:22:00 https://www.greenparty.org.uk/news/2019/11/25/green-party-supports-striking-university-and-college-staff/ The Green Party

https://www.greenparty.org.uk/news/2019/11/25/green-party-will-make-large-scale-environmental-destruction-a-criminal-offence/
Green MPs will fight for a new criminal offence of Ecocide, the Green Party’s Deputy Leader Amelia Womack has announced today.

The new criminal offence would punish severe, widespread and long-term environmental damage, and impose individual liability on company directors. 

This would include companies who are responsible for polluting rivers and oceans, companies involved in large scale deforestation of rainforests and polluting soils. 

Additionally, the Greens would work across the United Nations to recognise ecocide as an international Crime Against Humanity.

Amelia Womack, Deputy Leader of the Green Party, said: 

“Big companies can not get away with destroying the forests, rivers and oceans which all of us depend on. These are crimes and should be punished in law.

“Introducing a new law on ecocide will be a clear signal that we are moving away from our old polluting ways and recognising that we need to protect the environment for generations to come.

“Green MPs will fight for the law to treat large-scale environmental damage with the seriousness it so clearly deserves.”

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2019-11-22 15:27:00 https://www.greenparty.org.uk/news/2019/11/25/green-party-will-make-large-scale-environmental-destruction-a-criminal-offence/ The Green Party

https://www.greenparty.org.uk/news/2019/11/19/green-party-announces-10-key-parliamentary-bills-during-election-manifesto-launch/
The Green Party will announce 10 key pieces of legislation to kickstart the transformation of the country at the launch of its manifesto in south west London today.

The party will set out the Bills Green MPs will push for in the first two years of a new Parliament to tackle the climate emergency, secure the future of the country as part of the European Union and create an economy that is fair for all.

The centrepiece of the manifesto is the Green New Deal, a plan to transform the economic, political and social system to tackle the climate emergency and create a fair and equal society.

The full list of Bills the Greens will pledge to put forward in the next Parliament are:

· Green New Deal Bill – to get the UK on track to reducing climate emissions to net zero by 2030

· People’s Vote Bill – to give people a chance to vote on the future of our relationship with the European Union

· NHS Reinstatement Bill – to increase funding for the NHS by at least £6 billion per year each year, until 2030, and a further £1 billion a year in nursing higher education

· Further and Higher Education Bill – to fund tuition for every higher education student and scrap undergraduate tuition fees

· Sustainable Economy Bill – to set new binding targets to ensure our economy functions within environmental limits

· Future Generations Bill – to require public bodies, including the UK government, to balance the needs of the present with the needs of the future.

· Universal Basic Income Bill – to transform our social welfare system with a phased-in unconditional payment to everyone at a level above their subsistence needs.

· New Homes Bill – to end the housing crisis by creating the legislative framework to build 100,000 new zero carbon homes for social rent each year.

· Renters’ Rights Bill – to transform the lives of renters across the country, making housing more secure and bringing rent levels down, especially in places where they currently far outstrip incomes

· Voting Reform Bill – to replace the archaic first past the post voting system with proportional representation, create a fully elected House of Lords, and extend the vote to those aged 16 and 17.

Jonathan Bartley, co-leader of the Green Party of England and Wales, will say:

“Today, we’re proud to put forward a manifesto which puts us on track to remain in the European Union and make the whole country carbon neutral by 2030, while delivering social justice across Britain.

“And it’s the most ambitious Green New Deal proposed anywhere in the world.

“While the other parties are trying to catch up, we’re still racing ahead, reaching new horizons.”

Sian Berry, co-leader of The Green Party, will say:

“The Greens are clear about which path we must take as a country. And that’s why each and every Green MP elected this December will have in their in-tray a legislative agenda ready to go.

“Ten Bills ready for the next Parliament to hit the ground running. Because the future won’t give us another chance to get these next two years right.”

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2019-11-19 12:24:00 https://www.greenparty.org.uk/news/2019/11/19/green-party-announces-10-key-parliamentary-bills-during-election-manifesto-launch/ The Green Party

https://www.greenparty.org.uk/news/2019/11/17/green-party-to-increase-living-wage-to-£12-for-all-workers-over-the-age-of-16/
The Green Party will increase the Living Wage to £12 for all workers as part of its radical plans to tackle poverty and improve wellbeing, it has announced today.

 

The proposal will end the Government’s fudge in calling their minimum wage a ‘National Living Wage’ by bringing all workers up to the necessary level of pay for a decent life. 

 

The higher rate for the Green Living Wage compared with all other previous suggestions comes from a more realistic estimate of housing costs for families and the need for a buffer for unexpected and seasonal costs, like home repairs and school uniforms.

 

The proposals also make a commitment to extending the £12 living wage to those under the ages of 18, 21, and 25, and to include apprentices, to end the discrimination against young workers and trainees. 

 

Under the current system, the minimum wage for under-18s is £4.35, for 18 to 20-year-olds it is £6.15, and for 21 to 24-year-olds it is £7.71, while apprentices can be paid as little as £3.90. The national rate for those aged over 25 is £8.21, while the Living Wage Foundation’s Living Wage rate is now £9.30 outside London.

 

The Green Living Wage would be phased in over two years and would mean those aged 18-21 would see an increase of £5.85 in their hourly wage by April 2022.

 

Sian Berry, co-leader of The Green Party, said: 

 

“The Living Wage must mean what it says on the tin, and the Government has made a mockery of this concept by simply renaming the minimum wage, while not using the evidence to set the rate at a level people can build a life on. I’m proud that the Green Party will set this right and make sure all workers in the UK receive at least £12 an hour.

 

“The Green Party will end the discrimination against young people where it is legal to pay under-21s a genuine pittance for doing exactly the same work as someone older. It isn’t fair, it doesn’t make sense, and it must stop.

 

“What message does that send to young people? That their time is worth half someone else’s? Everyone, no matter how young or old they are, deserves to be paid enough to live a decent life.

 

“The Living Wage is another example of how Greens lead and others follow. In our 2015 manifesto, we were the only party to promise a Living Wage of £10 an hour by 2020, while Labour only wanted £8 an hour, below what even the Conservatives have in place now. This election, all the political parties claim to be offering a Living Wage, but only the Green Party is using the evidence to set the rate at the right level.”

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2019-11-17 16:10:48 https://www.greenparty.org.uk/news/2019/11/17/green-party-to-increase-living-wage-to-£12-for-all-workers-over-the-age-of-16/ The Green Party

https://www.greenparty.org.uk/news/2019/11/15/green-party-announces-plan-for-fully-costed-universal-basic-income-for-everyone/
The Green Party will today [Friday 15 November] become the first political party to promise a fully costed Universal Basic Income for every resident by 2025.

The Green’s will set out plans to scrap Universal Credit and the cruel benefit sanctions regime, which have been found to push people further into poverty and destitution.

The plans will make sure every adult receives at least £89 per week, with additional UBI payments for groups of people who experience barriers to working, including disabled people, single parents and people of pension age.

All benefits except housing benefit and carers allowance will be incorporated into the new payments, which will be phased in over five years. Someone earning the minimum wage of £8.21 an hour and working 37.5 hours a week would see their weekly income increase by 32% through UBI.

The plan aims to eliminate the cruelty of the current benefits system opening the door to opportunities that might otherwise be out of reach, and liberate people from the anxiety of job insecurity.

Sian Berry, co-leader of the Green Party, will launch the policy outside a Job Centre in the City of London today.

She said: “Our message is clear, poverty is a political choice. Only the Green Party has the policies and ambition to eliminate the cruelty of the benefits system and tackle poverty head-on. A guaranteed minimum income for every UK resident is a further building block of the Green New Deal that will transform all our lives.

“Nine years of Conservative Government has targeted and demonised people who face unemployment, disability and low incomes as the scapegoats of austerity. The switch to Universal Credit and unfair benefit sanctions have caused huge suffering for so many people, and are underpinned by a cruel ideology which is focused on punishment instead of society as a whole helping people when things go wrong.

“The Green Party will take a totally different approach based on the principle of real social security. Our policies will improve everyone’s lives while fighting the climate emergency.”

Financial security is the key to a good society, and a key plank of the Green New Deal is to provide people with new options and opportunities, freeing people to take part in the community-level action that will fill in all the gaps on the path to carbon neutrality.

People receiving a universal income will have more choices, and more people will be able to cut working hours to retrain, start new green businesses, take part in community action or simply improve their wellbeing.

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2019-11-15 11:46:00 https://www.greenparty.org.uk/news/2019/11/15/green-party-announces-plan-for-fully-costed-universal-basic-income-for-everyone/ The Green Party

https://www.greenparty.org.uk/news/2019/11/14/green-party-announces-500-parliamentary-candidates-across-the-united-kingdom/
 

The Green Party has announced that it is standing 500 parliamentary candidates in the December General Election. 

 

This is up from 453 parliamentary candidates in the 2017 General Election. 

 

The Green Party is aiming to hold the seat in Brighton Pavilion, and capture new seats elsewhere in the country. 

 

The Party announces that it will be launching its manifesto next week, pledging to tackle the Climate Emergency and eliminate poverty within a decade. 

 

Jonathan Bartley, Co-Leader of the Green Party of England and Wales said:

 

“The Green Party has had a whirlwind year, more than doubling our number of local councillors and electing seven Greens as Members of the European Parliament. We are running the Green Party’s most ambitious campaign ever and our Green ideas are setting the agenda.

 

“It was a Green Party Councillor who got the first climate emergency motion on Bristol City Council, which led a movement of hundreds of local authorities who followed suit. This culminated in the House of Commons declaring a Climate Emergency this spring.

 

“Where Greens lead, others follow. That’s why we are so excited that in 500 constituencies, people will be able to cast their vote for a Green Party Candidate. We need more Green MPs in Parliament to put pressure on the Government and campaign for their constituents. Every single vote in this election sends a strong and clear message: Yes to Europe and No to climate chaos.”

 

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2019-11-14 19:15:00 https://www.greenparty.org.uk/news/2019/11/14/green-party-announces-500-parliamentary-candidates-across-the-united-kingdom/ The Green Party

https://www.greenparty.org.uk/news/2019/11/13/green-party-will-place-carbon-chancellor-in-11-downing-street-to-put-climate-at-the-heart-of-government/
The Green Party will appoint a Carbon Chancellor to 11 Downing Street to ensure the climate emergency is placed at the heart of government, under plans to be unveiled today.

The Greens will announce their ground-breaking plans outside the Treasury, where they will set out the urgent need for a radical change in how central government works to prioritise environmental and social well-being over the single-minded focus on Gross Domestic Product. 

The Carbon Chancellor will head up a new Department for the Green New Deal, will allocate the £100 billion a year Green New Deal Fund and issue an annual carbon budget to direct the decarbonisation of the economy.

The Treasury will become a new Department for Economic Transformation working alongside the new Department for the Green New Deal.

Jonathan Bartley, co-leader of the Green Party, will launch the policy today outside the Treasury.

He said:

“Every sector of the economy needs to decarbonise if we are to become carbon neutral by 2030. Only the Green Party has the bold vision and practical solutions to make our economic system work for the people and the planet. A Carbon Chancellor in 11 Downing Street will mean the Prime Minister can’t even walk out of the front door without thinking about the climate emergency.

“We need to fundamentally change the way Government works if we are going to have any hope of tackling the Climate Emergency. Making the Treasury a Department for Economic Transformation and creating a new Department for the Green New Deal will put responsibility for the climate emergency at the heart of government.”

Green Party will place Carbon Chancellor in 11 Downing Street to put climate at the heart of government 

·         Green Party will appoint Carbon Chancellor to oversee Green New Deal and carbon budget

·         Position at the head of a new Department for the Green New Deal will drive through shift from current focus on economic growth to environmental and social well-being

·         Co-leader Jonathan Bartley: “A Carbon Chancellor in 11 Downing Street will mean the Prime Minister can’t even walk out of the front door without thinking about the climate emergency”

The Green Party will appoint a Carbon Chancellor to 11 Downing Street to ensure the climate emergency is placed at the heart of government, under plans to be unveiled today [Wednesday 13 November].

The Greens will announce their ground-breaking plans outside the Treasury, where they will set out the urgent need for a radical change in how central government works to prioritise environmental and social well-being over the single-minded focus on Gross Domestic Product. 

The Carbon Chancellor will head up a new Department for the Green New Deal, will allocate the £100 billion a year Green New Deal Fund [1] and issue an annual carbon budget to direct the decarbonisation of the economy.

The Treasury will become a new Department for Economic Transformation working alongside the new Department for the Green New Deal.

Jonathan Bartley, co-leader of the Green Party, will launch the policy today outside the Treasury.

He said:

“Every sector of the economy needs to decarbonise if we are to become carbon neutral by 2030. Only the Green Party has the bold vision and practical solutions to make our economic system work for the people and the planet. A Carbon Chancellor in 11 Downing Street will mean the Prime Minister can’t even walk out of the front door without thinking about the climate emergency.

“We need to fundamentally change the way Government works if we are going to have any hope of tackling the Climate Emergency. Making the Treasury a Department for Economic Transformation and creating a new Department for the Green New Deal will put responsibility for the climate emergency at the heart of government.”

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2019-11-13 12:00:00 https://www.greenparty.org.uk/news/2019/11/13/green-party-will-place-carbon-chancellor-in-11-downing-street-to-put-climate-at-the-heart-of-government/ The Green Party

https://www.greenparty.org.uk/news/2019/11/07/green-party-reaches-agreement-on-uniting-remain-vote-to-avoid-disastrous-brexit/
The Green Party has come to an arrangement with Plaid Cymru and the Liberal Democrats to field one candidate from a Remain party in selected seats in England and Wales for the upcoming election.

Liberal Democrat or Plaid Cymru candidates will step aside for the Greens in 10 seats.

Co-Leader of the Green Party Jonathan Bartley said: “This is about recognising how damaging Brexit would be – for people and for the environment – and ensuring there is as much representation of Remain parties in the next Parliament as possible. 

“Our country is at a crossroads and this election must be the point at which we start to move in a better direction. Everyone knows the Greens are the least tribal of any party and we are always willing to work with others for what’s in the best interests of the country.”

Agreements have been reached through discussion with local parties. 

Sian Berry, Green Party Co-Leader said: “The crash-out Brexit the Tories are pushing for would be a disaster for people up and down England and Wales – and for action on climate chaos.

“Yes, as political parties we have differences, but what we’ve agreed is that on the climate, on stopping Brexit, saving local services and fixing the voting system, we must work together now so we can work together in the new parliament to make these things happen.”

The Green Party supports a People’s Vote to decide the future of Britain in the EU and will campaign to Remain.

60 seats are involved in the arrangement overall.

The Green Party will field candidates in Brighton Pavilion, Isle of Wight, Bristol West, Bury St Edmunds, Stroud, Dulwich and West Norwood, Exeter, Forest of Dean, Cannock Chase 

A full list of the seats involved in the UTR arrangements can be found below

GREEN PARTY WALES SEAT:

Vale of Glamorgan

GREEN PARTY ENGLAND SEATS:

Brighton Pavilion (Held)

Isle of Wight

Bury St Edmunds

Bristol West

Stroud

Dulwich & West Norwood

Cannock Chase

Exeter

Forest of Dean

PLAID CYMRU SEATS:

Arfon (Held)

Dwyfor Meirionnydd (Held)

Carmarthen East and Dinefwr (Held)

Ynys Mon

Pontypridd

Caerphilly

Llanelli

LIB DEM WALES SEATS:

Brecon & Radnorshire (Held)

Cardiff Central

Montgomeryshire

LIB DEM ENGLAND SEATS:

Bath (Held)

North Norfolk (Held)

Oxford West & Abingdon (Held)

South Cambridgeshire (Held)

Totnes (Held)

Twickenham (Held)

Westmorland & Lonsdale (Held)

Bermondsey & Old Southwark

Buckingham

Cheadle

Chelmsford

Chelsea & Fulham

Cheltenham

Chippenham

Esher & Walton

Finchley & Golders Green

Guildford

Harrogate

Hazel Grove

Hitchin & Harpenden

North Cornwall

Penistone & Stocksbridge

Portsmouth South

Richmond Park

Romsey & Southampton North

Rushcliffe

South East Cambridgeshire

South West Surrey

Southport

Taunton Deane

Thornbury & Yate

Tunbridge Wells

Wantage

Warrington South

Watford

Wells

Wimbledon

Winchester

Witney

York Outer

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2019-11-07 10:37:00 https://www.greenparty.org.uk/news/2019/11/07/green-party-reaches-agreement-on-uniting-remain-vote-to-avoid-disastrous-brexit/ The Green Party

https://www.greenparty.org.uk/news/2019/11/06/green-party-climate-election-launch-campaign-bristol/
· Green Party pledges to invest £100bn in climate action a year for the next decade

· Party sets out ambition to make Britain carbon neutral by 2030

· Co-leader Sian Berry: “Some things are even bigger than Brexit. This must be the climate election”

The Green Party today [6 November] pledged to invest £100 billion in climate action each year for a decade as it announces the most ambitious Green New Deal of any political party at its campaign launch [1] in Bristol.

The Greens set out their ambitions to make Britain fossil free by 2030 with the biggest public investment in decades in order to protect the future of our planet [2].

Sian Berry, Co-Leader of the Green Party, urged voters to make 12 December the “climate election” and ensure it goes down in history as the turning point in the fight for climate justice.

Deputy leader Amelia Womack set out the Green’s plan to get to carbon neutrality by 2030 by building 100,000 energy-efficient homes each year, revolutionising transport infrastructure, rapidly rolling out renewable energy in Britain and creating hundreds of thousands of low carbon jobs.

The launch took place in Bristol West, one of the Green Party’s key target seats as it looks to build on the two best ever election results in Green Party history [3].

Carla Denyer, the Green’s candidate for Bristol West, also spoke at the launch. Denyer, currently a councillor on Bristol City Councillor, proposed the first Climate Emergency motion in the UK in November 2018 [4].

Berry said:

“Let’s be honest about the situation we’re in. We know these are dark times. It’s easy to fear the future.

“The threat of Brexit hangs over our heads, the climate emergency rages from the Amazon to the Arctic, and our fragile democracy is under attack.

“But despite all this, Greens don’t fear the future. We welcome the future. Because we know that we stand at the threshold of what could be the most exciting and prosperous period of British history.”

Womack said:

“This could be our last chance to elect a Parliament to keep us below dangerous warming.

“The climate doesn’t care about promises. The environment doesn’t care about pledges.

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2019-11-06 13:11:00 https://www.greenparty.org.uk/news/2019/11/06/green-party-climate-election-launch-campaign-bristol/ The Green Party

https://www.greenparty.org.uk/news/2019/10/29/the-time-is-now-to-vote-green/
 

A vote for the Green Party is a vote for urgent action on climate chaos, a vote for a fairer Britain and a call for a final say on Europe with a People’s Vote.

We need a fairer society and a liveable planet. That can only happen through bold action to cut carbon emissions and protect the environment. This action starts at the ballot box.

This year the Green Party won record gains in council elections, grew its presence in Parliament and went over 50,000 members. We got two million votes in the European elections. That’s two million demands to tackle the climate emergency.

Our climate action is unparalleled. Caroline Lucas MP co-founded the Green New Deal. This empowers communities to be sustainable, supplying investment to achieve net zero carbon by 2030, creating jobs and homes and vastly improved public transport. Meanwhile, Parliamentary Candidate Carla Denyer first put forward the idea of a local area declaring a climate emergency, a call joined by over 270 local authorities to date.

Green Party Co-leader Sian Berry says: “Our record shows we are the only party that can be trusted to fulfil its promise on tackling the climate crisis, bringing carbon emissions down to net zero by 2030, decarbonising the economy with massive investment in green energy, clean technology and public transport.”

Global challenges need a revitalised Britain. We’ll address the underlying causes of Brexit; the division, the inequality, the spiralling bills and food banks. The only fair way to solve Brexit is a People’s Vote.

Green Party Co-leader Jonathan Bartley says: “We are the only party to be Remain from the start. Brexit means fewer protections for the environment, ends freedom of movement and tears up worker’s rights. We want a People’s Vote to decide our relationship with Europe based on what we know today, not what we were told three years ago.

“A vote for the Green Party is the most powerful vote you can cast. And every Green vote sends the message that we must push to remain in the European Union, do whatever it takes to tackle the climate emergency and radically transform the way we live and work for the better.

“With the growing awareness of the climate emergency the stakes in this election could not be higher. Every vote for the Green Party is a vote which says business as usual is no longer an option. The situation is urgent and the change we need to see must happen right now.”

This country needs Green leadership like never before. Where Greens lead, others follow.

The time is now for a People’s Vote. The time is now for a fairer Britain, for a society that works for everyone. The time is now to tackle climate chaos.

Vote Green on the 12th of December. If not now, then when?

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2019-10-29 20:24:00 https://www.greenparty.org.uk/news/2019/10/29/the-time-is-now-to-vote-green/ The Green Party

https://www.greenparty.org.uk/news/2019/10/19/greens-reaction-to-letwin-amendment-passing/
 

Boris Johnson has been stopped today from securing his destructive deal in the House of Commons.

Had it passed it would have paved the way for the legitimisation of everything we stand against in the Green Party. It would have facilitated the continued devastation of the environment, the chipping away at workers’ rights and the potential reignition of tensions in Northern Ireland.

Boris Johnson must now write a letter to the EU seeking an extension to the Brexit deadline beyond 31 October.

He must respect the widely held desire – as is being made clear by the hundreds of thousands of people protesting on the streets of central London today – to take any further deal to a People’s Vote. He must let the citizens of the UK decide on the facts of today, not three years ago, what they want the future of their country to look like.

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2019-10-19 15:01:00 https://www.greenparty.org.uk/news/2019/10/19/greens-reaction-to-letwin-amendment-passing/ The Green Party

https://www.greenparty.org.uk/news/2019/10/18/final-say-wales-board/
Leading members of Welsh Labour, the Welsh Liberal Democrats, the Welsh Conservatives and the Green Party of Wales have agreed to the formation of a cross-party committee to prepare for a Final Say on Brexit.

Final Say Wales is a politically neutral organisation that will campaign for a confirmatory vote on any Brexit deal. We believe this is the biggest issue of our generation, the people of Wales must have their final say on Brexit. We believe in democracy and we want our Final Say on any Brexit Deal that is presented to Westminster.

Chair of Final Say Wales, Lynne Neagle AM outlined the purpose of FSW and our united commitment to a final say on Brexit:

“Final Say Wales has pulled together political parties in Wales to begin the preparation for the campaign for a final say referendum on the Prime Minister’s Deal. Wales is the first nation within the UK to establish a cross party committee to end the uncertainty of Brexit and unite political parties on the issue. This is an important step to ensure we secure a positive future for Wales, with the backing of a devolved government.

We believe this deal does nothing to address the major concerns we have about Brexit and will not help secure Wales’ future prosperity. That’s why we have come together to campaign for a final say about Brexit and why we will campaign to remain in the EU because we believe that offers the best deal for Wales.”

Bill Powell, President of the Welsh Liberal Democrats stated:

“Parties in Wales have come together to secure the future of our nation. The deadline is fast approaching and our Parties in Wales agree, we need our final say on the Prime Minister’s Brexit Deal.”

Guto Bebb MP for Aberconwy stated:

“Time is now of the essence, we in Wales have been working across the political parties to unite the country and ensure we secure Wales’ future. The Prime Minister’s Deal will not secure the future of our Welsh economy. The deal needs to be put back to the people and allow them to have their final say on Brexit.”

Anthony Slaughter, Leader of the Welsh Green Party stated:

“Parties in Wales have come together to put narrow party-political issues aside to campaign to secure Wales’ future. We’re all united on this issue and demand that the people of Wales have their final say on the Brexit deal presented to Parliament on Saturday.”

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2019-10-18 11:58:00 https://www.greenparty.org.uk/news/2019/10/18/final-say-wales-board/ The Green Party

https://www.greenparty.org.uk/news/2019/10/16/green-party-co-leader-jonathan-bartley-arrested-at-climate-protest/
Green Party co-leader Jonathan Bartley was arrested this afternoon after joining climate activists in Whitehall speaking out against the banning of peaceful protest across London.

The ban has been enforced by the Met Police this week via a section 14 order. 

A Green Party spokesperson said: “Climate chaos will end ecosystems and collapse our society. We have just 10 years to reduce our C02 emissions to safer levels and climate protesters are drawing attention to that. We all have a right to peaceful protest and we will continue to act to protect that right and draw attention to instances where democracy is threatened.”

Jonathan was arrested alongside environmentalist George Monbiot.

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2019-10-16 15:57:00 https://www.greenparty.org.uk/news/2019/10/16/green-party-co-leader-jonathan-bartley-arrested-at-climate-protest/ The Green Party

https://www.greenparty.org.uk/news/2019/10/16/statement-from-green-party-peer,-baroness-jenny-jones-about-todays-legal-challenge/
A collection of Climate rebels, including Parliamentarians such as myself, Caroline Lucas MP and Ellie Chowns MEP, are taking the Met Police to court to challenge the Section 14 Order which bans Extinction Rebellion Protests throughout the whole of London.

We believe that the ban is an abuse of the law and in violation of fundamental human rights. Our lawyers are seeking an emergency hearing this afternoon and we expect that the Court will rule the ban null and void. 

Until the Court rules otherwise, the police are still arresting anyone in a group who expresses, in words or otherwise, any concern about the climate and ecological emergency. 

A blanket ban on all protest across London is grossly disproportionate and an attempt to shut down anyone from voicing their concerns on the climate and ecological crisis. This ban has no place in a democratic society. If protest were banned in the capital city of any other country, UK politicians would condemn it as a crackdown on free speech and basic freedoms.

As Greens, we stand in solidarity with climate and ecological activists at home and across the world who face oppression and arrest for protecting our planet. The big question is, why do the authorities put their effort into blocking protest rather than acting strongly on climate change? 

Baroness Jones Press Officer: 

Ian Wingrove

M: 07967205330

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2019-10-16 10:56:31 https://www.greenparty.org.uk/news/2019/10/16/statement-from-green-party-peer,-baroness-jenny-jones-about-todays-legal-challenge/ The Green Party

https://www.greenparty.org.uk/news/2019/10/15/green-party-statement-on-the-arrest-of-ellie-chowns-mep/
The right to peaceful protest is a fundamental pillar of a liberal democracy. We stand in solidarity with Ellie Chowns MEP who was arrested late on Monday 14th October while peacefully attending the Extinction Rebellion gathering in Trafalgar Square.

It is disturbing that the Metropolitan Police should impose a Section 14 across the whole of London, after 9pm on Monday 14th October. This is a disproportionate response to peaceful protest and to responsible expressions of democracy at this critical time for the planet. 

A Section 14 should not be imposed across the entire capital city. It should only be applied to specific areas, and only then in response to genuine threats to public order. This is not the case here: just the indiscriminate arrest of peaceful protesters.

The imminent threat of the climate crisis and the UK government’s continued lack of meaningful action means Extinction Rebellion have legitimate cause to protest. The disruption from these protests, frustrating as it is for ordinary Londoners, is nothing compared to the enormous disruption that unchecked climate change will bring.

Limiting freedom of expression and peaceful protest – as in the case of the arrest of Ellie Chowns – is an erosion of the quality of our democracy.

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2019-10-15 15:57:46 https://www.greenparty.org.uk/news/2019/10/15/green-party-statement-on-the-arrest-of-ellie-chowns-mep/ The Green Party

https://www.greenparty.org.uk/news/2019/10/10/greens-call-on-european-investment-bank-to-exclusively-back-the-green-transition/
Greens have welcomed plans to turn the European Investment Bank (EIB) into Europe’s “climate bank”, which forms part of a pledge by the new Commission president, Ursula von der Leyen, to deliver a ‘European Green Deal.’

However, they say such a proposal only makes sense if the EIB agrees to end all financing of fossil fuel projects and rapidly become a bank which exclusively supports the transition to a climate-neutral economy.

Molly Scott Cato, who spoke during a European Parliament debate on the future of the EIB today and is Green party spokesperson on finance [link to video], said:

“We need to rapidly increase funding for activities that will bring about quick wins and dramatic carbon reductions including large-scale home insulation, electrification of services currently provided by fossil fuels, and massive investment in public transport. But this must run in parallel with an immediate end to the funding of all fossil fuel projects.

“We need a climate bank that does what it says on the tin, not one that counters investments in the green economy by throwing more money at projects which continue to push business as usual.” 

Professor Scott Cato also raised concerns about how Brexit would affect the UK’s ability to invest in the transition to a green economy. The EIB provides around £5.5 billion a year for investment across the UK, including over £1bn support for green energy infrastructure.

Molly Scott Cato said:

“Brexit will cut us off from an important source of funding for the green transition. The government has offered no replacement for this vital investment if we leave the EU. Given that Brextremists are at the heart of government and many of them are also climate deniers, it is clear that leaving the EU would be disastrous for the UKs efforts to tackle the climate emergency.”

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2019-10-10 09:41:24 https://www.greenparty.org.uk/news/2019/10/10/greens-call-on-european-investment-bank-to-exclusively-back-the-green-transition/ The Green Party

MIL OSI United Kingdom