We share our lease on the planet with the rest of mankind during our lives. We should all want to pass it on in better environmental shape when we die. Each one of us can play our part and help use the planet’s natural gifts in a sustainable and good neighbourly way.
Some constituents want to know what I am doing , so let me remind my readers.
I support planting many more trees. I have planted new trees in my constituency in public areas . I support the government’s initiative to have more national forest, and local Council initiatives to have more trees and shrubs as a counter weight to more development.
I support local planning policies that protect more of our countryside, and wish to see slower rates of development in the next Plan.
I have cut food miles when buying from local shops. I now buy all my temperate foods from local or British sources to cut down lorry, ferry and airfreight transport.
When in London I now walk or use the tube for practically all journeys.
I usually take my holidays in the UK to avoid jet travel.
I avoid all single use plastic bags.
I use the Wokingham Council recycling facilities. I encourage better control of waste to prevent litter.
I have improved the thermal insulation, heating and heating controls at my home to cut energy use and improve thermal efficiency.
The government states its wish to be the greenest government ever. It should want to do more to extend out forests and areas of natural beauty, to protect our coast and fishing grounds, to control waste and to promote clean water and air. It should also do more to save energy, improve thermal efficiency and raise environmental standards throughout the public sector.