ON July 29, Dr Ellie Chowns, leader of Herefordshire’s Green councillors, proposed that every decision made by Herefordshire Council considers the impact on climate change.

The motion was unanimously supported by councillors from all parties. Locally, then, a step forward. But, nationally, the Conservative government has announced it is delaying the ban on new fossil fuel-powered cars from 2030 to 2035 and granting yet more oil extraction licences. 

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Dr Chris Stark, head of the government’s own Climate Change Commission, said the UK is heading to miss 80 per cent of its targets on tackling climate change, and that Rishi Sunak’s claim that we will still meet our 2050 net zero goal is wishful thinking.

The Conservatives are ignoring reality. Bear in mind that France has announced that it is preparing for four degrees of global heating. We need a government which acknowledges the seriousness of the climate crisis and takes action.

We need MPs who will help us insulate our homes, move to renewable energy and tackle flooding. In the general election I will be voting for Dr Chowns in north Herefordshire and if you want action on the climate crisis, I encourage you to do the same.

Change is long overdue.


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