Dr Hazel Dawe, Chair of Kent Green Party looks back over the decade and what it has meant for the environmental movement:
“The most important green issue of the noughties has been climate change. In 2000, few people were engaging with climate change. Now far more people realise its importance. It became a major local issue in Kent when the Climate Camp moved into Kingsnorth to protest at the plans to build yet more coal fired power stations. That has now been delayed and we hope may never be built.
“Wind farms are a major source of renewable energy and have a substantial role to play in combating climate change. The first wind farm in Kent was the Kentish Flats off Whitstable. In 2009 the Romney Marsh wind farm was opened. Thanet offshore wind farm near Margate will be the largest in the world when it starts operations in 2010. Even bigger will be the Thames Estuary London Array wind farm which will generate enough electricity for 750,000 homes.
Another Green success is farmers’ markets. The first one in Kent started in 2000 in Wye. There are now thirty six markets in Kent. The rapid expansion is still to be welcomed and shows how Kent people appreciate fresh local produce.
For your new year’s resolution do something green: what will you give up or take up to help deal with climate change?
FURTHER INFORMATION: Dr Hazel Dawe, Chair – Kent Green Party – on 01732 355185 or 079444 71083. Contact address as above. Published and promoted by H. Dawe at 27 Audley Avenue, Tonbridge, Kent TN9 1XF.