Saturday, 20 July 2013

MPs asked to prepare for Zero Carbon Kent

Kent Green Party has written to Kent's MPs [see letter below] to ask them to support the measures suggested by the latest Zero Carbon Britain report. Steve Dawe comments:
"The latest Zero Carbon Britain report, Rethinking the Future,(1) is particularly valuable for the future of Kent's environment and economy. The report proposes significant increases in food growing to reduce imports; forestry of all types; renewable energy industries in which Kent is fast becoming a national 'leader' as a result of installed and operating wind turbine capacity; big increases in resources for walking and cycling to cut air pollution and increase public health; more resources for public transport.
"The report makes it clear that considerable progress can be made in reducing energy wastage in industry, buildings and households. The benefits of reduced energy costs are obvious. But this would also assist us in meeting greenhouse gas emission targets(2) and removing serious air pollution in our County's 'Air Quality Management Areas.
"The employment potential of a long-term Zero Carbon approach could easily add thousands of jobs to Kent(3). Overall, implementing Rethinking the Future is estimated to add about 1.3 million jobs to the UK. This process has to be better than current Government strategy which includes continuing and seriously increasing subsidies for exploiting nuclear power, shale gas and other polluting fossil fuel industries."



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FURTHER INFORMATION: Steve Dawe, Press Officer, KENT GREEN PARTY, on 01732 355185 or 07747 036192. Contact address as above. Promoted by H.Dawe for Kent Green Party, both at 27 Audley Avenue, Tonbridge, Kent TN9 1XF. KENT GREEN NEWS, free ezine, is available by subscription at www.kentgreenparty.org
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1.      (See the full report at: http://zerocarbonbritain.org/index.php/current-report/report )
2.      UK greenhouse gas emissions went up by 3.5% in 2012 due to general failures of Government policy to reduce greenhouse gases in industry, buildings and transportation. SEE: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/193414/280313_ghg_national_statistics_release_2012_provisional.pdf
3.      The potential creation of more useful employment by resisting climate change effectively has already been outlined in the fully costed One Million Climate Jobs report, available at: http://www.climate-change-jobs.org/node/14 This site contain additional notes on the assumptions behind the costings made.
LETTER TO MPs:

KENT GREEN PARTY
27 Audley Avenue, Tonbridge, Kent TN9 1XF  07747 036192
20th July 2013
Dear Kent MP,
We are writing to you to urge you to support measures suggested by the new Zero Carbon Britain report, Rethinking the Future, which would allow the Government to meet its greenhouse gas emissions targets and secure long-term energy needs. (See the full report at: http://zerocarbonbritain.org/index.php/current-report/report )
We believe this report outlines a strategy particularly applicable to Kent and Medway since we have a strong need to protect our coastline from climate change, extensive areas of land suitable for more forestry, substantial potential for growing more food which we currently import and we are at the forefront of the UK's renewable energy revolution with our substantial, operating wind farms both offshore and onshore. The potential for microgeneration on homes, schools, hospitals and businesses remains to be fully utilised.
The potential creation of more useful employment by resisting climate change effectively has already been outlined in the costed One Million Climate Jobs report, available at: http://www.climate-change-jobs.org/node/14 Combining ideas from the latter with those of Rethinking the Future could contribute to creating what could be described as 'Green Full Employment' in both formal and informal sectors of work. See further comments on this idea under 'Full Employment in a Green Society' at: http://www.socresonline.org.uk/17/4/8.html
The policy pathways suggested by this documentation would mean: avoiding planned immense subsidies and waste storage costs associated with nuclear power; ending existing and planned subsidies to fossil fuel energy sources including shale gas; radically reducing injurious air pollution from fossil fuel powered forms of transportation; decreasing unemployment, under-employment and the numbers who are economically inactive who are not currently part of unemployment statistics; radical reductions in energy wastage throughout our economy and society by as much as 60% of current energy demand; encouraging a substantial improvement in public health through concerted policy emphasis on increasing walking and cycling, with positive implications for health spending.
Your views on these matters after you have been able to consult these reports would be welcome.
Yours sincerely
Steve Dawe
Press Officer, KENT GREEN PARTY


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