Cornwall Council has launched a new initiative called ‘Grow Nature’. You can find out all about it here: http://www.cornwall.gov.uk/grow-nature They say (and we agree): “From the air we breathe to the food we eat, nature sustains us. It is the basis of our economy and the foundation for a happy, healthy society. Without nature we cannot survive. “Sadly, nature is in decline. In Cornwall, the expanding human population has consumed land and resources, and released pollutants at a rate that the environment cannot tolerate. Modern day life and modern day attitudes have led to unprecedented change and dramatic losses. Once common species of wildlife are now rare and once cherished places have disappeared. “We need to restore and revitalize nature so that it can support us into the future. This website is full of ideas and inspiration to help you grow the environment. “Just protecting what we have is not enough, we
West Cornwall Green Party has announced the selection of Geoff Garbett as general election candidates for the Redruth and Camborne constituency. “I am delighted, once again, to be able to represent the Green Party in Camborne, Redruth and Hayle at this crucial time” said Geoff, after Monday’s selection meeting. “During the last General Election I was heartened by the good will and far-sightedness of so many of the people I encountered during the campaign. Despite the divisions driven between us during the referendum I believe that the majority of the people of Cornwall are welcoming and tolerant. They understand the need to cooperate both locally and globally in order to successfully navigate the very stormy waters of the 21st century. “A vote for the Green Party in this election will demonstrate your support for an open Britain and one in which the quality of life is measured by human interactions
Cornwall Greens announce general election candidates for Truro & Falmouth and South East Cornwall The Mid and East Cornwall Green Party has announced that Amanda Pennington and Martin Corney have been selected as their general election candidates for Truro and Falmouth and South East Cornwall respectively. Local Party Coordinator Julie Bennett said: “Amanda and Martin are both exceptional candidates who have a wealth of experience as community campaigners and councillors.” Amanda Pennington said: “Truro & Falmouth recorded one of the highest Green votes in the country at the last general election, with our share of the vote increasing nearly fivefold. We think we can do even better here this time, with clear, positive policies on protecting the environment, decent social care, affordable homes, free education, renewable energy and action on climate change. People want a sustainable future for themselves and their children,
Greens Call for Grown-up Politics In a dramatic move to shift the political landscape, West Cornwall Green Party has made the decision that their prospective General Election candidate for St Ives will stand down – for the common good. At a recent meeting, members overwhelmingly agreed that – for the 2017 General Election only – Greens should put their weight behind Geoff Garbett, who will be standing for the Greens in the Camborne, Redruth and Hayle constituency. And over in the St Ives constituency, Greens will keep up the pressure on other candidates to adopt a progressive agenda rather than fielding their own candidate. “We are very disappointed that – despite the efforts of Party Leader Caroline Lucas – other parties have not agreed to support one another”, said Jonathan How of Penzance. “We would have liked to see an agreement – but in the absence of one, we in
Cornwall Council has just released this video about the environmental growth strategy for Cornwall. Let us know what you think in the comments on this page.
Even if you don’t have a Green candidate you can vote for you can still make a huge difference to Green success in Cornwall on May 4th. By going out with a candidate near to you and helping with leafleting and canvassing you can feel part of our work and see the impact we are having. Website officer Zoë Howard spent the afternoon with Greg Matthews (St Austell Gover Valley) and says: “I don’t have a candidate I can vote for but helping Greg was great. I enjoyed meeting voters although I didn’t have to talk to them as Greg took the lead. I know it helped him to have moral support as well.” If you have free time, please consider helping with leafleting and canvassing. Go to our elections page to find out who your nearest candidate is and contact them direct from their page.
Carharrack Parish Council has a star in its midst – and on March 9th, that was made official. Geoff Garbett, who has served on the council for four years, was nominated for the Environmental Star award in a competition run by local newspapers and magazines including the West Briton and Cornwall Today – and, we are delighted to report, led the field. Members of the public were invited to nominate the person they had felt had done most for the environment, in their own way. “I have no idea who nominated me,” said Geoff, a Green Party activist of forty years standing who has stood for parliament in two general elections. “But I have been studying the environmental history of the Lizard peninsula since 2003. It is fascinating to see the changes that have happened and are continuing into the future”. Geoff is keen to continue his service to the