11 May 2017
The Green Party is the only party that puts the environment at the heart of all our policies - because, quite simply, a prosperous, thriving future will be green - or not at all.
In South Devon we realise just how much our economic prosperity depends on tourism - which in turn depends on a thriving natural world.
The environment is the ultimate source of everything we make and use - from food and materials, to the air we breathe. Even the digital economy depends on rare earth metals and huge amounts of energy. And we rely on delicate ecological systems to sustain life on earth - from bees pollinating our crops to trees absorbing carbon dioxide.
Building a successful economy is not at odds with protecting our environment: it is impossible without it. Right now, we are destroying the foundations of our economy faster than they can be regenerated: we are eroding the ground we’re standing on.
And it’s not just about our open green spaces like Dartmoor National Park or the stunning coastlines, it is also about protecting our villages, bustling market towns and vibrant cities.
Whether you are young or old, a grandparent, parent, or child, a cyclist or driver, you have a right to breathe clean air. Yet in the UK in the 21st century, 40,000 people are still being killed by air pollution every year.
Greens will stand up for our right to clean air. We will invest in better walking and cycling routes to make it safer, easier, and more pleasant to get about by bike. We will cancel the expansion of Heathrow and use that money instead to invest in the much needed upgrading of public transport routes all over the country.
And we will campaign to remain at the heart of the EU which has been at the public’s side in demanding the clean up of the air in our cities.
Download our environment manifesto here.
All our candidates in South Devon have pledged to put the environment at the heart of their campaigns. You can find out more on their pages.
Andy Williamson - Central Devon
Kathryn Driscoll - Newton Abbot
Jacqi Hodgson - Totnes
Win Scutt - South West Devon