Dangerous climate change will destroy our way of life unless radical action is taken. We are running out of time to safeguard the future for our children and for our grandchildren. No individual country can tackle this problem alone. We have to work together to ensure that our way of life doesn’t hurt the planet.
Pollution and climate change have no respect for national borders. It makes sense for European countries to pull together to save energy, cut pollution and preserve our natural resources.
In Britain, the Liberal Democrats are the only party that has a clear, long-term strategy for tackling climate change and reducing emissions. But protecting the environment isn't just about climate change. Liberal Democrats believe that every citizen has the right to breathe clean air, drink fresh water and live on unpolluted land. Our MEPs have fought hard to improve air purity by clamping down on emissions from planes, raise water quality by cutting out poisonous chemicals, and guarantee chemical safety standards by making manufacturers prove that their products are safe.
Labour has let us down on the environment. They have no strategy for making all Britain’s houses energy efficient. They make big promises in Brussels about cutting emissions, but then in Britain they back dirty coal-fired power stations, like Kingsnorth, and a new airport runway at Heathrow.
The Conservative commitment to green issues is only skin deep, prioritising photo opportunities over real policies to help Britain and Europe go green. By opposing a common European energy policy, the Conservatives have shown they are not serious about the environment. Britain can’t afford to become isolated in Europe when decisions are being made to save our planet.
There is more information on Liberal Democrat policies on the environment in our full manifesto.