Question Time: How can we keep our green and pleasant land?

ballot-158828_1280If you’ve ever wondered how to compare parties on their  environmental policies, here are some ideas on question to ask.

Guiding principles

What importance does the party give to environmental issues?

Economics

Are any steps being taken to encourage the thrifty use of finite resources?
Is endless growth the only way run an economy?

Food

In what ways are you looking at land use to ensure support for local farming and a sustainable food supply?

Waste

How will your party significantly reduce the amount of waste produced through encouraging waste reduction at source?

Energy

How will your party reduce society’s dependency on oil?
How can less energy be used?
How will the production of renewable energy be encouraged?
(NB oil and gas are cheap now, but the market is volatile)
How would you run the Green Deal to make it easier to understand?

Transport

What policies does your party have improve transport infrastructure and to integrate public transport?

Tax

How do tax breaks/subsidies for renewable energy production compare with breaks/subsidies for fracking/conventional energy?

Housing

As a high percentage of the UK’s current housing stock is ageing and poorly insulated, would your party introduce a nationwide affordable home insulation programme help reduce fuel poverty?

Rural issues and rural poverty

To what extent does your party recognise rural poverty and how does it perceive its policies may have different impacts town and in the countryside?
(eg bus passes, fuel duty, cavity insulation)

Where to look

Party websites, publications, meetings, canvassers… Good luck!

This article first appeared in our March to June 2015 Newsletter