Emergency Motion: government’s attack on nature

Please sign (if you’re a Green Party member) my emergency motion to this weekends national conference. Thius motion supports the RSPB campaign against the government’s attack on nature. Let’s stop the Investment Zones and Freeports from wrecking what biodiversity we have left. Follow this link https://spaces.greenparty.org.uk/content/perma?id=110945 and click ‘like’

“The government’s guidance on Investment Zones in England issued on
24th September has the stated aims of “liberalising planning laws”, so
that “the planning system will not stand in the way of investment and
development”. These constitute a huge threat to wildlife and
eco-systems especially when combined with so called Freeports that
cover significant areas of natural beauty including Dartmoor, the New
Forest and the whole of the Isle of Wight and the North York Moors.


For the sake of local democracy and nature we urge councillors of all
parties to resist the imposition of unfettered capitalism on local
areas and to join with the RSPB and other conservation groups in their
urgent campaign against the Government’s attack on nature and to promote an alternative approach based uponpartnership and democratic controls.”

For reference, here are links to the Government guidance, a report on Freeports and newspaper article about the RSPB (with other NGOs) opposition campaign.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/investment-zones-in-england/investment-zones-in-england

https://yorkshirebylines.co.uk/business/economy/freeports-too-free-and-not-ports/

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2022/sep/27/green-charities-urge-millions-of-members-to-oppose-tories-attack-on-nature?CMP=share_btn_tw


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Investment Zones in England

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/investment-zones-in-england/investment-zones-in-england

Schools Bill update: Minister responds to letter from a home educating parent…

Thank you for your email 5 July, enclosing correspondence from X, regarding the proposals in the Schools Bill for a system of registration for children not in school. I am sorry for the delay in providing you with a response. Continue reading “Schools Bill update: Minister responds to letter from a home educating parent…”

Please support our motions to conference

If you are a Green Party member you could help us by supporting these motions to conference on a new Clean Air Act (motion 69); Sewage (57) and restraints on Robotic Weapons (39). This has to be done by tomorrow, Friday 29th July.

You can go to this link and select which motions would want to support by filling out a simple form

The new Clean Air Act

“The Green Party supports the creation of a new Clean Air Act that

·        recognises Clean air as a human right

·        deals with indoor as well as outdoor air pollution

·        takes a zero emissions approach that deals with both air pollution and the climate crisis

·        gives Metro Mayors and local authorities the powers to go with their responsibilities

·       sets standards according to latest advice from the World Health Organisation

·       establishes a Citizens’ Commission for Clean Air (CCCA) which would review annually the Secretary of State’s compliance with the act and support victims take forward any legal actions.”

Schools Bill progress

Jenny raised the concerns of home schoolers at the Committee and Report stages of the Schools Bill by tabling a number of amendments, including proposing the deletion of parts of the Bill. She also supported amendments which would have changed the approach to one of offering genuine support, recognising the right to home school, and stopping the coercive approach proposed. Plus we, and many others, have called for the Bill to be halted and a new approach taken.

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Energy Bill payback due from renewables

Renewables are due to start paying back money to consumers this month, as the cost of producing energy from wind and solar drops well below the cost of energy bills. The figures on how much is cut from bills will be announced every quarter, with a small change growing into a more significant sum as the price cap rises in October and the new year.

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No Pollution Plan as heat creates Code Red alert for Eastern England

UK AIR (run by DEFRA) issued a Code Red for air pollution last night covering the East Midlands and Eastern region of England. This is for ozone, which is triggered by a chemical reaction in the air due to the heat,. Atmospheric conditions then trap the polluted air in a heat dome, stopping it from escaping upwards. DEFRA stopped issuing press releases for air pollution alerts in 2011, when the issue hit several front pages.

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Cross Party support as Clean Air Bill has 2nd reading

A Bill calling for Clean Air as a human right has attracted cross party support ahead of its Second Reading on Friday morning (10am, 8 July 2022) in the Lords. The legislation is being called Ella’s law in the hope that it will stop others suffering a similar fate to Ella Roberta Adoo Kissi-Debrah, who died of air pollution when 9 years old and was the first person to have air pollution put as an official cause of death.

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Recycling down – blame Covid

Why are the government hiding the fact that English local authorities now burn far more of your household waste than they recycle? A few weeks ago the government put out pages of statistics on the decline of recycling in 2020 and blamed Covid. Some journalists printed it, most ignored it, none looked at how it fitted a long term trend of recycling flat lining because incineration has increased.

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