Environmental Open Hour: General Election 2015: Who’s the next “greenest government ever”?

5 May 2015, 3.00 PM - 5 May 2015, 5.00 PM

Ground Floor Meeting Room, 1 Priory Road

In 2010, David Cameron hugged a husky and pledged that the coalition government would be the “greenest government” ever. Just two years later, polls showed that only 2% of the UK public believed that this was still the case. Decisions on climate change, fracking, forests, badger culling and urban pollution have all undermined Cameron’s original claim. An Environment Secretary who swum against the tide of scientific opinion regarding climate change made matters worse. 

Yet, this political cycle is complete and an election is upon us – and, as a result, the environment has again become a major topic in political discourse.  David Cameron wants a greater focus on solar and offshore wind power. Nick Clegg has called for laws that will “commit British governments to reducing carbon from our electricity sector.” Ed Miliband has argued that the UK should embrace a more interventionist industrial policy to ensure decreased emissions. Natalie Bennett has linked the nation’s economy to environmental sustainability, asserting that “there are no jobs on a dead planet.” UKIP’s environmental policy is currently limited – but Nigel Farage’s love of the southern countryside has led him to label wind turbines as “spoilers of the Great British landscape.”
Two days before the nation goes to the polls, we shall meet to deconstruct and discuss the environmental policies of the parties contesting the 2015 elections. The respective manifesto’s shall be explored and analysed, before an open discussion occurs. What are the pledges? How achievable are they? Do we even believe that they will be kept?
This event is part of a series of ESRC-funded workshops aimed to provide a space for inter-disciplinary discussion on contemporary issues and events related to the environment and how we interact with it.

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If you would be interested in taking part in the Environmental Open Hours or would like further information, please contact Ed Atkins 

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