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Mayoral Manifesto 2016 - Climate Change & Green Capital

Bristol is a great city and it can be so much better!

The Green Mayor and Bristol’s Green Party Council candidates wish to see Bristol continue as the leading Green city in the UK with a clear vision of a more sustainable, better future. Our particular focus in 2016 is on Clean and Affordable Energy, A Decent Home for Everyone, 21st Century Education and Skills and Sustainable Transport and Clean Air.

Tony Dyer - Green Party candidate for mayor

 

Climate change is still the biggest issue facing our generation. No one can look at the successive extreme weather events or successive unusual seasons (hottest, wettest, warmest, coldest) and have any doubt about that.

The good news is that all groups on the council have agreed that Bristol must go carbon-neutral by 2050. This is a slightly tighter target than the one previously in place.

However, what we need now is to go beyond targets. We need action.

And – to its credit – the council has the outline for a plan to achieve the next set of carbon emission reductions. This will involve actions the council can do itself, actions which have a quick payback, and actions which are harder to achieve. A Green mayor will:

  • Implement those parts of the plan which the council can achieve alone
  • Work with partners to see that they also make their contribution
  • Produce a detailed plan to get the harder actions done 

Green Capital

2015 was Bristol’s year as European Green Capital, recognising the fantastic progress our city has made towards its target of becoming zero carbon by 2050. We won because of our determination to ensure that everyone can enjoy a high quality of life whilst recognising the paramount need to ensure we live within environmental limits. The 2015 programme put Bristol on the global stage as a pioneering sustainable city highlighting the progress to date and inviting everyone to participate. Indeed, Bristol has led the UK over the last 30 years of social and environmental thinking, but we must now tackle head on the difficult issues that affect people on a daily basis if we are to continue to prosper over the next 30 years; poor air quality, unaffordable house & rent prices, fuel poverty, public transport and health & wealth inequality.

We cannot rely on the market to fix things or continue to hope that money will trickle down to the poorest from the wealthiest. Rather, there is overwhelming evidence to prove that a more sustainable lifestyle is the most effective way of helping those most in need on a day to day basis as well as solving these problems in the long term.

Bristol 2015’s legacy

Bristol 2015’s legacy must highlight the role of a circular economy in protecting and enhancing the prosperity of the city region, but we must go beyond a simple measure of wealth as the way in which we define progress. It is paramount that the vibrant grass roots communities of Bristol continue to work together to demonstrate how beneficial the low carbon & social enterprise sectors are to the city. Secondly, the public sector must continue to put climate change, public health and community resilience at the top of its agenda if we are to minimise the cost to the tax payer in the longer term.

 In doing so, we can ensure that we finally begin to narrow the health and wealth gaps that are so evident across the city, and that the next generation of Bristolians continues to have the opportunity to enjoy the high quality of life for which we won the European Green Capital

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