Climate change is happening. The threat to our communities and natural environment around the world is real and profound.
Britain needs to step up its efforts to reduce carbon emissions and ensure the global deal set in the Paris Agreement becomes a reality.
We need real investment in renewables that will make us a world leader in green energy and create jobs and growth, and an end to the Conservatives’ cuts to solar and wind power. We must act now to guarantee our children and future generations a better, greener, more sustainable and positive way of life.
That is why the Liberal Democrats have gone further than any other party in pushing for an ambitious new target for reducing our carbon emissions. We believe that net emissions must be reduced to zero by 2050 and have a plan of how to do it.
As well as greener energy, we want to improve our countryside and green spaces so we pass them on to the next generation in a better condition than when we were children. That is why we have consistently defended the natural environment and introduced a 5p charge for plastic bags while in Government, despite Conservative opposition to doing so.
Poor air quality is a significant health problem. After smoking, estimates suggest it is Britain’s second biggest public health challenge, and responsible for around 40,000 deaths every year. We will invest in green transport such as electric vehicles and phase out diesel.
In agriculture, our farmers do an essential job putting food on our tables and enhancing the natural environment, but food policy has been neglected for too long. We will encourage investment, growth, innovation and new entrants, securing the future of the UK food and farming industry.
Liberal Democrats believe in the highest standards of animal welfare. We want to clamp down on illegal imports of pets and introduce mandatory licencing of puppy breeding. The use of animals in scientific experimentation should be minimised and we remain committed to the three Rs of humane animal research: Replace, Reduce, Refine.