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As the pandemic rolls on, the climate and nature crisis lurk in the background. The air is cleaner in cities. The birdsong appears clearer. We appreciate the outdoors more than ever. Moreover, commuters are discovering the joy of cycling for the first time.

Meanwhile, the price of oil has plummeted, and, the UK is running without coal for the longest time since the industrial revolution – thanks in no small part to the Liberal Democrats’ achievements in government.

It’s also increasingly apparent that air pollution contributed to higher death rates while the outbreak of the virus itself was made the more likely by our destruction of nature.

We need to keep some of the benefits of lockdown and ensure the economic recovery is invested in green jobs and not the fossil fuel industries that got us here in the first place. The Green Liberal Democrats have been campaigning for the UK government to attach ambitious climate targets to any bailouts of dirty industries. Is this what will become known as “2020 Vision”? As we remove our smudged spectacles, the destruction of the natural environment can no longer be brushed under the rug (or spilled into the Arctic circle in the case of Russia).

That’s why we’re calling the conference “2020 Vision: Intensive Care for Our Planet – a sustainable recovery that works for everyone”. All of a sudden, the clarity that we need to deal with the climate and ecological emergency urgently is irrefutable.

The annual Green Liberal Democrat conference cannot take place in the normal fashion. Cop 26 (2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference) may be cancelled this year, but for the Green Liberal Democrats, the show must go on. Consequently, we’re organising a festival of green events that you can take part in from the comfort of your own home over two weeks.

The series of events will kick off on Saturday 20th June and last until 5th July. Who better to start us off than the former Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron MP. Tim is going to outline the “new normal” for us going forward.

The same day we’ll tackle the “hot button” issue of nuclear weapons. Prepare yourself for a fiery debate about whether we should scrap Trident and use the money to help fund a green recovery. Before we close for the first day of the conference with breakout discussions, we’ll host a Q and A session with the three leadership contenders – Layla Moran MP, Wera Hobhouse MP and Sir Ed Davey MP. This is your opportunity to ask questions and watch the candidates compete for your support in the upcoming contest to be the next leader of the Liberal Democrats.

Check out our website to learn more about our conference “2020 Vision: Intensive Care for Our Planet – a sustainable recovery that works for everyone”.

Register before the end of the week for discounted tickets. Green Liberal Democrat members get a discounted rate, and you can also join the Green Liberal Democrats before the end of June to gain entry to all the conference events for free.

You can also follow us @GreenLibDems for more updates!

Article by Joe Dodd, Green Liberal Democrat Comms Team and Keith Melton, Green Liberal Democrat Chair

* Joe Dodd is an activist and member of the Hammersmith and Fulham Liberal Democrats and is vice-chair of the Green Liberal Democrats.

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5 Comments

  • County Durham. An old coal mine there is to be used to heat a village. The water that is heated by natural heat is to be pumped into the circuit for central heating/power. If this is a success old coal mines can be utilised. The use of imported natural gas could be reduced leading to lower costs. With the use of Nuclear power the era of near self sufficiency in power could be realised . ONE problem that needs to be solved is the use of wind power on land. Incentives could be offered for its development.

  • Drax power station imports biomass from the US (trees ‘compressed’ into pellets) to use in the station. Huge cost (money, environment) all the way from US to Drax. Why not produce our own trees (and replace each used tree with a newly planted one) which will cut both costs.

  • Dilettante Eye 10th Jun '20 - 1:02pm

    “Why not produce our own trees”

    It takes about 100 years to grow a tree and about 100 minutes to burn it.

    Spot the problem with the bio-mass solution?

  • Looking further into bio-mass. It is produced from South East US forests.. Huge tracks of ground are exploited.. The burning of the wood adds MORE carbon into the air than normal. So US exploits its forests,sells the stuff to Drax increasing our pollution. Other power stations are being considered to use bio-mass .That would imply further CO2 into our air,a counter productive move.Bio-mass use needs to be investigated.!

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