2 March 2020
What is Talking Points?
Cambridge News asks a representative of each local political party to answer a question on a local issue in just 300 words. The answers are then published in the physical copy of the Cambridge News every fortnight. Here, we share our response to the question.
Today's Question: Should Cambridge be doing more to cut its carbon emissions?
Of course we should all be doing all we can to reduce our carbon emissions, but this is part of a much bigger effort. We need to be taking actions that will not only reduce our emissions but be part of a nationwide and worldwide transition to a de-carbonised world.
Cambridge is a world-leading centre for inventiveness and new thinking. We should be a beacon of green innovation, leading the way in showing how a green world is not only more sustainable but more equal and more caring.
A number of areas stand out as requiring urgent attention
Transport. Only a few years ago Stagecoach were rubbishing the idea that we should have electric buses in Cambridge. Now they present themselves as champions of green transport. We need to work to make all the buses in Cambridge electric. This will not only reduce emissions but will immeasurably improve the air quality in our City. We need to work towards a car free city centre for the same reason.
Development. Cambridge is a hub for new development, such as the proposed new housing on the Marshall’s Airport site. We need to show the world what can be done to build to the very best environmental standards possible. By best we mean the best that technology can deliver, not the best that housebuilders profits can tolerate.
As a city we need to change our culture and our approach to food and waste. We need to have programmes to make people more aware of the carbon footprint of the food we eat and to eat more locally sourced produce. We need collectively to change our attitudes to recycling and to plastic use.
Our response was written by Jeremy Caddick. Jeremy is your Green Party parliamentary candidate for Cambridge in the event of a snap general election. He is a local campaigner and the Dean of one of Cambridge's colleges.