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Making polluters pay for emissions would raise £80 billion a year for the UK, Green Party says

make polluters pay for a just transition to zero carbon

  • Ahead of the G7 leaders’ summit, Greens urge UK government to show real action on climate change and adopt carbon tax and dividend proposal
  • Jonathan Bartley: “The world’s scientists are telling us that we have to cut fossil fuel usage far more quickly than we are doing at the moment. But we also know that if fossil fuels remain falsely cheap, they will continue to be burned”

The Green Party has urged the UK government to show true leadership ahead of the G7 leaders’ summit and commit to making major polluters pay for the damaging greenhouse gases they emit.

The Greens have calculated the UK government would raise around £80 billion of revenue a year if it adopted the party’s proposal for a carbon tax and dividend.

The party estimates the UK will be responsible for around 800 million tonnes of CO2 equivalent in 2021. Its proposal for a carbon tax and dividend, starting at £100 per tonne of CO2e, would mean up to £80 billion would be generated, which could then be used to invest in the big changes needed for a rapid transition to a zero carbon economy, and to support UK residents through the transition.

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Enfield gets its first green councillor!

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Read more about Cllr Gunarwardena joining the Green Party

Watch an interview with Cllr Gunawardena in the GlobalNet21/Enfield Voices webinar series

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GPEW leaders Sian Berry and Jonathan BartleySian Berry and Jonathan Bartley - co-leaders of the Green Party of England and Wales

Candidates for Enfield Council by-elections

Jubilee ward

Bill Linton

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After graduating from Oxford with a BA in Maths I got in on the ground floor of commercial computing and had a successful career as a freelance analyst/programmer, though I have been retired for several years now. I have lived in Palmers Green for over 40 years.

I have been a member of the Green Party for more than 30 years, and an active one for almost 20. Currently I am both Treasurer and Election Agent. I also hold active roles in Enfield & The Barnets United Nations Association, the Enfield Fairtrade Campaign (which I chaired when we achieved Fairtrade Borough status for Enfield in 2008, and do again) and Enfield Palestine Solidarity. I support various other social and environmental justice causes.

I also play both chess and bridge seriously – though currently online only.

Southbury ward

Luke Balnave

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I work as a data manager at a local secondary school and grew up in Enfield. I like to keep active and play tennis at a local club and football for a local vets team on Enfield Playing Fields. I have two daughters and want to help create a bright future for them. Two-party politics no longer works for Enfield. It is time for a new breed of plural engagement where voices are heard.

I am standing as I want to deliver a sustainable and prosperous future for Enfield and its next generation. I intend to be a robust independent force for scrutiny and accountability that rebuilds faith in local governance. I want to see Enfield re-emerge as a place where the community and council work hand-in-hand to deliver on those things that will most enhance the lives of its residents.

I will be relentless in facilitating a fresh start for the local economy, where sustainable local businesses are prioritised and where green industries are allowed to thrive and create the next generation of employment opportunities for our young people.

I am committed to ensuring our amazing green spaces, that have proved their worth ten-fold in recent times, are fully protected and remain under full council control. A commercial entity has no place in the wider day-to-day usage of such critical sources of community wellbeing. I personally volunteer at Bush Hill Park and I know the difference a truly community-centric, well-run park can make to people’s daily lives. I will vehemently oppose the longterm leasing of Whitewebbs Park in any form.

I stand resolutely behind existing local residents who feel rightly threatened by crudely conceived skyscrapers being proposed on their doorstep. These need to work for existing residents first.

I will ensure that pollution and health issues are placed as the top priority where health equity is critical in delivering just outcomes for all Enfield residents. We will clean up our most polluted areas to create a safeguarded environment for future generations. I will proactively support measures that empower local action on climate change and enable Enfield to act now for our younger residents.

Enfield is rich in diversity and the community bonds that are built here. It has so many positive aspects that make Enfield a great place to live and work. I will ensure these traditions are built on to revive stewardship towards a bright future for our borough. We have a critical opportunity now to secure a sustainable footing in how we rebuild our local economy and how local government and residents can more effectively work together. Let’s not waste this chance.

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Chase ward

Lynne Davies

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National Green Party Policies

The Green Party website has complete information about the Party's policies on a comprehensive range of subjects.

Enfield Green Party Policies

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Let's have quieter, safer streets, say Enfield Greens

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Environment at the heart of Green policies

Enfield Green Party has been  surveying residents to find out what you think of local services. We know litter, fly-tipping and waste collections are a priority. We will improve waste services to make it easier for people to recycle, particularly in flats and...

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Enfield Greens endorse the Better Streets for Enfield pledges

Enfield Green Party is delighted to confirm that we wholeheartedly endorse and support the Better Streets for Enfield 2018 Council Election campaign pledges. Better Streets for Enfield calls on all local parties to commit to supporting the health...

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Safer streets for young people

Protecting youth services that reduce knife crime Sharp decreases in funding for youth services have been accompanied by increased occurrence of knife crimeBetween 2012 and 2017, council funding for youth services has been cut by 60% in Enfield,...

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Enfield streets: For people, not cars

For years, residents all over Enfield have suffered from noise, congestion and air pollution due to too much through traffic. Enfield Green Party believes that streets are for people, not traffic. The space has to be shared but on residential...

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