The UK should be leading the world in tackling the climate emergency. We are the first generation to know we are destroying the environment, and the last generation with a chance to do something about it before it is too late. There is no Planet B.
The Conservatives have shown themselves unfit to lead in response to this historic challenge. They have repeatedly flouted EU limits on air pollution and scrapped energy efficiency schemes that would reduce energy bills and end the scourge of fuel poverty.
Alex Ehmann, Lib Dem candidate for East Surrey, says: "The Tories have cut support for renewable energy while trying to force fracking on communities that don’t want it - like here, in Horley. They are not on track to meet the UK’s climate targets and are dragging their feet on reducing the use of plastics."
Friends of the Earth has analysed its wish list against the major political parties' manifestos and scored the Lib Dems at 30/45, compared to 5.5/45 for the Tories.
Alex Ehmann comments, "Not only do the Conservatives have no plan for our future following Brexit, they have no plan for the future wellbeing of the planet and that of our chldren and grandchildren.
"Brexit and the environmental crisis will affect the youngest of us and generations to come. Clearly, the Tories have no thought for anyone but their own self-serving masters."
The Liberal Democrats have the thought-through, deliverable plan for a new Green Future – in place of the Dutch auction of fantasy dates for Britain to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions offered by the other parties. We will deliver a ten-year emergency programme to cut emissions substantially straight away, and phase out emissions from the remaining hard-to-treat sectors by 2045 at the latest.