Protect nature and green spaces for everyone
Nature is often treated as a ‘nice to have’ in mainstream politics, but Cambridge Green Party recognises that a healthy environment is core to everything we are trying to achieve. Globally, nature is what allows human society to exist and thrive. Locally, green spaces in urban areas can be havens for nature and are vital to our health, with a measurable impact on life expectancy. An estimated 68% of Cambridge residents do not have access to green space as recommended by the World Health Organisation. Development is driving further destruction of green space within Cambridge and in the Green Belt. The policy of ‘Biodiversity Net Gain’ must not be an accounting trick within the planning system, where nature’s devastation is weighed against promised improvements elsewhere. We must protect what we have, greatly expand the area of land set aside for nature, connect up our habitats and safeguard them in perpetuity.
Green Councillors will:
- Oppose further losses of urban green space and Green Belt land and, where development is essential, ensure that high-quality green space for nature and people comprises a high proportion of the land.
- Work to expand, safeguard and improve the network of City Wildlife Sites, Country Parks and Local Nature Reserves so that people in all City wards can access nature on their doorstep (while ensuring sensitive habitats are protected from unsuitable leisure use)
- Continue to ensure recreational green spaces and play areas are safe, clean and accessible to all
- Support tree planting initiatives and help to ensure that planting is carried out according to best practice; oppose any unnecessary removal of trees
- Push for an increase in Council officer time dedicated to biodiversity and green spaces and the appointment of dedicated wardens for specific areas; improve the support available for volunteer and community involvement in managing green spaces.
- Build on Cambridge’s achievements as a Sustainable Food City by promoting local sustainable food growing initiatives including local growers’ markets and community initiatives such as CoFarm and Cambridge Food Hub, and pushing for sufficient allotment provision in existing and planned neighbourhoods.
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