The Environment and Climate Change

Concern for our environment is one that I have long shared with constituents and the issue of climate change has raised awareness of this to new heights. I am pleased that Parliament unanimously agreed that we face a climate emergency and that we now have in place legislation to underpin this.

The UK is the first G7 country to legislate for net zero emissions. This is just the start.

It is good that we are setting targets but targets themselves do not reduce emissions. We need action plans to deliver the targets. Much needs to be done. I acknowledge that it is for Government to drive this forward and I agree entirely with the progress report that decisive cross-cutting action is needed. There is much work to do nationally, internationally and at a local level. 

I am meeting with groups across the constituency to listen to their specific concerns and to learn what they are doing in their communities. 

News

John attends Watlington Eco-Fair

John joined members of the community from in and around Watlington for an Eco-Fair held at Icknield Community College. The fair showcased things people could do become more environmentally friendly in their own lives and also had demonstrations and challenges to test knowledge and deepen understa

John joins Sustainable Kirtlington to celebrate Clean Energy project

John joined the Sustainable Kirtlington Group to celebrate the opening of their Clean Energy Project at the Village Hall. The project involved the intallation of 32 solar pv panels on the roof or the villlage hall, a battery to store excess energy and 2 electric vehicle charging points.

John meets with Watlington Climate Action Group

John met with members of Watlington Climate Action group to hear about their particular concerns and answer questions. The evening was attend by about 40 people from Watlington and surrounding villages.

John joins the Conservative Environment Network

John has signed up to join the caucas of MPs who have agreed to support the green conservative agenda in Westminster. 

The Conservative Environment Network(CEN) is an independent forum which includes the MP Caucus and members who support conservation and decarbonisation.

Climate Change

I have said in my article in the Thame Gazette this week that I believe that climate change is a crucial issue facing the planet. However, attendance at (or the number of) a particular debate is not an indication of commitment to an issue either from me or from the Government.