Andrew George MP writes: Liberal Democrats are champions of green economy

Yesterday Nick Clegg set out the Government’s agenda on energy efficiency and the role of a green economy in delivering growth. Important announcements on energy efficiency, tackling fuel poverty and helping consumers find the best tariffs all caught the media’s attention. But for me the real story is that the Liberal Democrats remain the champions of plans to build a green economy.

Nick was right to attack those who say that there is a zero sum game between economic growth and protecting the environment. As the Liberal Democrats have argued for decades, it isn’t about choosing – the two go hand in hand. Now more than ever businesses and consumers need to go green.

The low-carbon transition has the potential to be a major source of jobs and growth for the UK. This is not a pipedream. Today in the UK there are more people working in the environmental services industries than there are in teaching. Green industries, backed by the new Green Investment Bank, will be vital to securing growth in the future. We should be aiming to make the UK into the number one destination for green investment, getting behind British jobs and businesses in a new low-carbon economy and giving investors the certainty they need, rather than frightening them off with damaging scare stories.

Too often in this country we still treat the environment as an afterthought, a “nice to have”. Instead we must follow our proud Liberal Democrat tradition of environmentalism and fight to ensure there is always a green strand of thinking running through Government policy. Only that way will we leave an environmental legacy we can be proud of. As Liberal Democrats we should be ambitious in our environmental aims and vocal in our support of the wider benefits of the green economy to the UK. But of course words are not enough – our time in Government will be judged on the actions we take today and in coming months.

I welcome the fact that Nick will be making more speeches on green issues, including the natural environment, in the coming months. There must be no rowing back from this government’s commitment to being the greenest government ever. We need to show leadership on the environment and that’s exactly what this speech did.

* Andrew George is Liberal Democrat MP for St Ives and is a lead MP on the Liberal Democrats' parliamentary DEFRA and Environment team

Read more by or more about , , , or .
This entry was posted in Op-eds.
Bookmark the web address for this page or use the short url http://ldv.org.uk/28044 for Twitter and emails.
Advert

Post a Comment

Lib Dem Voice welcomes comments from everyone but we ask you to be polite, to be on topic and to be who you say you are. You can read our comments policy in full here. Please respect it and all readers of the site.

If you are a member of the party, you can have the Lib Dem Logo appear next to your comments to show this. You must be registered for our forum and can then login on this public site with the same username and password.

Your email is never published. Required fields are marked *

*
*
Please complete the name of this site, Liberal Democrat ...?

Advert



Recent Comments

  • User AvatarBill le Breton 30th Oct - 6:47pm
    John, the air is not fit to breathe in Green Land. True, it is pretty low in oxygen where we are now. Here is folly,...
  • User AvatarBill le Breton 30th Oct - 6:35pm
    Scotland; my prediction last Spring was 2. It hasn't changed. Why? Because nothing HAS changed. If the Parly Party in the Commons was terrified in...
  • User AvatarBill le Breton 30th Oct - 6:32pm
    Space and Place, dear Tony. Cut you in half and it still reads 'Geography'.
  • User AvatarJohnTilley 30th Oct - 5:56pm
    Stephen Campbell 30th Oct '14 - 3:13pm Stephen, that is very kind of you. I started to support the Liberal Party in the late 1960s....
  • User AvatarMary Reid 30th Oct - 5:55pm
    I think it is worth mentioning that the LDV team have been operating a more stringent comments policy for two or three years now -...
  • User Avatartheakes 30th Oct - 5:54pm
    Scotland: we are talking Scotland in this thread:- Latest Mori poll out this afternoon: SNP 52% Labour 23 Con 10 LD 6 Green 6 Electoral...