WHAT WE STAND FOR:
- Policies that put the environment first
- Protecting ecosystems by encouraging biodiversity
- Improving air quality and combating air pollution
- The ethical treatment of all animals
- Sustainable food production and natural resources
We are proud of Cornwall’s unique landscapes, and are committed to choices that put our environment first.
Everyone can contribute by making small changes, such as increasing household energy efficiency or recycling, but pressure to build new housing and infrastructure can threaten the preservation of Cornwall’s green spaces.
Cornwall Greens will defend the natural environment and steer new developments toward suitable brown-field sites. We will encourage developers to use local building materials which, as well as being better for the environment, will benefit the local economy. Our councillors will also support schemes to phase-out the use of fossil fuels, particularly oil, in Cornwall.
The European Union has provided significant protection for our beaches. We will ensure that the standards set out in the Bathing Water Directive are maintained following our withdrawal from the EU.
Protecting the environment is at the very heart of our ethos, and our councillors will take every opportunity to ensure that wildlife and local habitats are able to thrive. We support all opportunities to improve ethical and sustainable practice, and to protect the diversity of life found in our natural habitats.
Cornwall is vitally important to UK agriculture, and our farmers can lead the way in pioneering methods that work in balance with the natural world. We support farmers adopting the very highest standards of ethical treatment of animals in their care, and want to reward farms and fisheries that use sustainable approaches.
We are pleased that Cornwall Council has started to make steps towards limiting the use of nicotine-based pesticides, and Cornwall Greens will ensure that plans to eliminate the use of chemical pesticides on council-maintained land are honoured.
Flooding is an increasing risk as climate change makes weather patterns more extreme and unpredictable, and can devastate natural resources and the lives of those affected. Our councillors are committed to developing ways to reduce flooding within local communities, particularly using the natural world to counteract the damage caused by over-development.