South Cambs Council should be doing far more to address the climate and biodiversity emergencies. Lib Dem SCDC ranks a poor 86th out of District Councils in an assessment by Climate Emergency UK. Household carbon emissions here are the highest in the county.

We will protect our environment and help to deliver the Cambridgeshire Climate Action Plan, and we’ll operate to evidencebased United Nations frameworks. Any growth must start from community needs and be based on the green agenda.

We’ll work with communities, landowners and Parish Councils to create robust Local Nature Recovery Plans. We’ll end glyphosate use and aim to be Peat-Free.

We’ll use planning controls and buying power to promote a green economy: low carbon, resource efficient and biodiverse.

Labour will give the Climate Lead Councillor a seat at the Cabinet table.

Labour is committed to reconnecting our villages with a good bus service. We’ll work with Mayor Dr Nik Johnson and with other Councils to achieve this.

We’ll make sure there are safe and good quality foot and cycle paths. And bring community e-bikes to more villages.

A Labour Council will:

Become a 100% net zero council by 2030. Labour in Cambridge is doing this. The Lib Dems in South Cambs fall short at a 75% reduction by that date.

Adopt a local version of the UN Biodiversity Framework and set clear targets to be measured by a regular Biodiversity Audit.

Stimulate the Green economy. Work with the Mayor for green apprenticeships.

Ensure everyone has access to nature. Create community gardens and set up schemes such as a Tree Canopy project.

Shake up Community Transport to give real emphasis to reducing reliance on cars and lessen rural isolation.

Install more electric vehicle charging points to increase from the current 43.

Raise additional funding through a Community Municipal Investment fund (ethical crowdfunding for local people to invest in a greener community).

Work with farmers and landowners to enhance natural habitats including grasslands, wildflower meadows, chalk streams, woodlands and fens.

Protect our communities from the impact of climate change with naturebased anti-flood measures and doing the basics of keeping gullies clear.

Increase renewable energy capacity and back the Local Electricity Bill so that electricity generated can be sold to local people. Divest from fossil fuels.

Introduce more ways to reuse e.g. repair cafes, car clubs and a ‘library of things’ where you borrow rather than buy new.

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