Where do the political parties stand on the environment? | Tom Swarbrick’s Elections Explainer
Mass protests, sizzling temperatures and
a lot of anger. People are suffering, people are dying
entire ecosystems are collapsing. We are in the beginning of a mass extinction. The politics and reality of climate change really matters right now. To be honest, it used to be a bit of an afterthought for political parties at a general election… but what they’re planning to do to tackle climate change is now a massive deal. Props to the Green Party, they’ve been raising this as a central issue for many years. Problem is that as a smaller party they struggle to get their own plans implemented. They want to create a completely net zero
carbon emissions economy by 2030 which could involve big changes in how we live our lives including, potentially, limits on the number of flights that people take. The Labour Party say they would declare a climate emergency initiate a green new deal costing 250 billion pounds spend money on insulating everyone’s homes properly, loans to help people buy electric cars a million green jobs created and deliver the substantial majority of the changes needed to be at net zero carbon emissions by 2030 – similar to the Greens. But there is a cost to that, financial as well as possibly societal too. The Conservatives say 2030 is too quick and unrealistic. They say we can be a net zero carbon emissions economy by 2050. They point to policies like the charge on plastic bags which has seen the number of plastic bags reduced by millions. They want to plant 30 million trees, a ban on fracking, and 4 billion more for flood defences. Too late sadly for those flooded in parts of the UK in the last few weeks. The Lib Dems they want even more trees. Loads of them. 60 million trees planted. Ensure all new cars are electric by 2030 and have at least 80 percent of UK electricity generated from renewables by 2030. Whichever way you cut it, the politics of climate change is a big deal and it’s here to stay.