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Max's Plan for our Environment

The world is experiencing a climate emergency. We cannot ignore this huge problem anymore.

Experts expect South West England will be up to 2 degrees warmer in just 30 years. That might not sound like much, but it will mean risks to our residents from air pollution, to our heritage buildings from flooding, and to our wildlife

Our Conservative MP here has voted 6 times out of 6 against climate action in Parliament. His official voting record on WeWorkForYou confirms he has voted consistently against measures to prevent climate change. That is simply not good enough. Cheltenham's residents demand better.

Max has a strong record of action on the environment. 

Max led the Council to declare a climate emergency, and has been a key part of the work to establish an ambitious plan to make Cheltenham a carbon neutral town by 2030. Max also led a climate emergency assembly in Cheltenham in August, with over 100 attending, and as Cheltenham's walking and cycling champion has been working closely with residents to boost more environmentally friendly transport in our town.

But Max is only just getting started. As Liberal Democrat MP for Cheltenham, Max would be able to do so much more to build a brighter future.

As MP, Max will campaign to raise our country's national ambition by committing to a carbon neutral UK by 2045 if not earlier. That includes plans to generating 80% of our country's electricity from renewables by 2030, and insulating all low income homes by 2025 to reduce the amount of energy we use heating inefficient homes. 

Other key Liberal Democrat proposals for our environment include: 

  • Protecting nature and the countryside, tackling biodiversity loss and planting 60 million trees a year to absorb carbon, protect wildlife and improve health.
  • Investing in public transport, electrifying Britain’s railways and ensuring that all new cars are electric by 2030.
  • Banning fracking immediately because of its negative impacts on climate change, the energy mix and the local environment.
  • Banning non-recyclable single-use plastics and replace them with affordable alternatives, aiming for their complete elimination within three years, as a first step towards ending the ‘throwaway society’ culture and an ambition to end plastic waste exports by 2030.
  • Reducing emissions from industrial processes by supporting carbon capture and storage and new low-carbon processes for cement and steel production.
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