Prominent Green Party politician appeals for action on climate change following recent flooding

Dr Molly Scott Cato is campaigning to be elected to the European Parliament in May as the South West’s first Green MEP

Dr Molly Scott Cato is campaigning to be elected to the European Parliament in May as the South West’s first Green MEP

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A LEADING Green Party politician from Stroud has called on the European Union to adopt more ambitious targets for cutting greenhouse gases following widespread flooding across the South West region in recent months.

Stroud district councillor and prospective European candidate, Dr Molly Scott Cato believes the torrential downpours and large-scale flooding witnessed in neighbouring counties this winter illustrates a pressing need to tackle climate change locally, nationally and internationally.

Cllr Scott Cato, who is bidding to be elected to the European Parliament in May as the South West’s first Green MEP, thinks the EU can take the lead in the fight against global warming by setting tougher targets on CO2 emissions, renewable energy generation and energy efficiency.

Nationally, she is appealing for more energy to be generated from renewable sources, like wind, solar and tidal, whilst at a local level she believes changing farming methods and planting more trees can help to protect the environment and reduce the likelihood of flooding.

“The storms and floods affecting the region this winter are examples of weather, not climate. However, the increasing severity of extreme weather events throughout the world is precisely what climate scientists have been predicting for decades,” she said.

“At the local level we need to move towards farming methods that are carbon neutral or even carbon negative… Planting more trees is also a natural and quick way of capturing carbon from the atmosphere and trees also act as natural flood defences.”

“At a national level we need a rapid expansion in the country's capacity for renewable energy generation," she added.

“A simplified feed in tariff mechanism that clearly gives higher rates for electricity generated by all community owned installations would help.

“In Germany and Denmark this policy has resulted in a rapid expansion of renewable capacity owned by communities, bringing them huge economic benefit.”

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11:40pm Wed 29 Jan 14

Bonkim says...

A little late to much good. Populations exploding around the planet and resources being consumed/depleting fast have accelerated GHG emissions and climate change.

Green or any other political Parties will not save mankind's end on earth.
A little late to much good. Populations exploding around the planet and resources being consumed/depleting fast have accelerated GHG emissions and climate change. Green or any other political Parties will not save mankind's end on earth. Bonkim
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12:55pm Thu 30 Jan 14

Salendine says...

And sadly renewable energies will not replace oil and gas quickly enough (or ever) to save us from the fate that is the Middle East. The USA will be oil independent very soon and so will withdraw from Middle East politics. All hell will break loose between Sunni and Shia communities with no super power policing to keep the oil flowing. If that does happen then we are in trouble. Shame we don't have enough nuclear energy.
And sadly renewable energies will not replace oil and gas quickly enough (or ever) to save us from the fate that is the Middle East. The USA will be oil independent very soon and so will withdraw from Middle East politics. All hell will break loose between Sunni and Shia communities with no super power policing to keep the oil flowing. If that does happen then we are in trouble. Shame we don't have enough nuclear energy. Salendine
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7:26pm Thu 30 Jan 14

kjag23 says...

It's great to aim for more sustainable energy usage, but perhaps if we stop building on floodplains and waterways we would have a much more immediate cut to flooding victims.
I agree that Nuclear is a good alternative to renewables.
This is a fab time-wasting site for energy usage:
http://www.gridwatch
.templar.co.uk/index
.php
It's great to aim for more sustainable energy usage, but perhaps if we stop building on floodplains and waterways we would have a much more immediate cut to flooding victims. I agree that Nuclear is a good alternative to renewables. This is a fab time-wasting site for energy usage: http://www.gridwatch .templar.co.uk/index .php kjag23
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11:59pm Thu 30 Jan 14

BigBoy22 says...

I'm sure that if we all bury our heads deep enough in the sand the problems will all go away.
I'm sure that if we all bury our heads deep enough in the sand the problems will all go away. BigBoy22
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