"We must “act now” on green energy" says our PPC Dominic Martin, and highlights “vital” role of local green activists"

21 May 2024
Solar Panels in Clanfield

‘On 16th May, the Petersfield Post published a letter from our prospective parliamentary candidate, Dominic Martin, calling for more action on green energy and the vital role of local environmental groups. Read the full letter here:’    


“Modern politics has become particularly divisive. Until recently though, all parties agreed on the dangers of an overheating planet. A Labour Government introduced the Climate Change Act in 2008 with legally-binding targets to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, with strong cross party support. In 2019 the Conservative Government adopted a similarly legally-binding commitment to achieve Net Zero by 2050. No MP voted against.

“Though not enough, the UK has made good progress compared with other countries, delivering a reduction in emissions of over 50% by 2021 compared with 1990, due in no small part to Ed Davey’s promotion of offshore wind and other renewable power generation as Liberal Democrat Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change. Until recently, we seemed ready to transform and embrace a greener future. Worryingly though, official reports have concluded that current Government plans are inadequate, and the UK is not on track to meet commitments. At the same time the Government is backtracking on policies like electric vehicles rather than increasing help so people can make changes.

“Climate Change, first put on the international agenda by Margaret Thatcher, is too important for party politics or infighting. The UK can continue to show global leadership if we work across political divides to deliver commitments, adapt our economy and lives, and agree on infrastructure investment priorities. We are world leaders in some of the technologies needed to achieve Net Zero, like offshore wind and carbon capture and storage, home to innovative small green energy businesses, including here in Hampshire.

“Local action and advocacy are vital for change. Initiatives like Energise South Downs, Alton, and Petersfield Climate Action Networks (ACAN and PeCAN), who as well as village groups, play an important role in raising awareness. ACAN, who I enjoyed meeting recently, has asked General Election candidates to support the Zero Hour campaign for a new Climate and Ecology Bill - I am proud to do so. 

“Public support for robust action to reduce emissions remains high. We must mitigate, adapt and act now to protect our world for our children and grandchildren. The General Election will be a chance to vote for a more sustainable future.”

“Dominic Martin, Liberal Democrat prospective parliamentary candidate for East Hampshire.”

Petersfield Post letter
Petersfield Post letter

To top

This website uses cookies

Like most websites, this site uses cookies. Some are required to make it work, while others are used for statistical or marketing purposes. If you choose not to allow cookies some features may not be available, such as content from other websites. Please read our Cookie Policy for more information.

Essential cookies enable basic functions and are necessary for the website to function properly.
Statistics cookies collect information anonymously. This information helps us to understand how our visitors use our website.
Marketing cookies are used by third parties or publishers to display personalized advertisements. They do this by tracking visitors across websites.