Do you like "green crap"?

David Cameron is reported to have recently said we should “get rid of all the green crap”.

Well Liberal Democrats like “green crap”. In fact, we like it so much we are creating 200,000 new green jobs.


Do you like green crap? Tell us why...

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I like "green crap" because...

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  • Alec Metcalfe
    signed 2013-12-20 15:17:23 +0000
    To try and stop the universe being ruined by greed.

    We must be sustainable.

    Its the only preserve life, its nearly too late.

  • Jeremy Mears
    signed 2013-12-20 15:14:25 +0000
    I love green crap because aside from nuclear power which is risky and creates a legacy of radioactive waste, and until nuclear fusion comes along in maybe 30 years time, renewables are our only option for energy generation without cooking the planet by ever increasing levels of greenhouse gases. The UK should be leading the way with massive investment in offshore wind turbines. Onshore turbines may be cheaper, but it is windier offshore and onshore turbines blight the countryside so should only be supported in industrial areas / business parks / motorways where the environment is already urbanised. Solar panels should be promoted on office buildings / industrial units as well as houses, though again not where they will blight the built environment (e.g. in villages / conservation areas).

    Green crap is our best hope of safely ‘bridging the gap’ in satisfying our energy needs until nuclear fusion becomes possible in several decades time.
  • Francis Beswick
    signed 2013-12-20 15:00:57 +0000
    “Crap” is fertiliser, which keeps the world productive. Without green crap human life on this planet will cease
  • Raymond Poole
    signed 2013-12-20 14:47:32 +0000
    The environment is, in fact, our world, planet Earth. We owe it to the future generations to safeguard it in the best possible health. It is their right to expect it. It is our duty to do it.
  • Ben Dallimore
    signed 2013-12-20 14:09:50 +0000
    Protecting the environment is not about creating jobs, although that’s a welcome spin off. Protecting the environment is about trying to ensure our survival. We are in a position to damage the planet to such a degree that it will not be able to support us, and most other animals too. In fact we are quite close to doing so already. Environmental protection is about far, far more than modern humans and their economy, it’s about the survival of the species.
  • Nicholas Cantisani
    signed 2013-12-20 13:56:21 +0000
    It protects the environment, it creates plenty of qualified local jobs, it is substainable, it prevents health problems due to pollution, …, …, .
  • Jackie Charlton
    signed 2013-12-20 13:55:14 +0000
    It’s time to resurrect the economic argument for ensuring that we protect and grow our green credentials. Agenda 21 seems such a long time ago but for those of us who remember it will it turned the tide and focused on local solutions. The we had Al Gore and Inconvenient Truth. Having spoken to someone who comes from Greenland just a few weeks ago he explained to me in stark detail of the melting ice caps which is happening daily. This is a real threat not made up for political gain. Lets get on with protecting a nourishing our environment and provide green jobs too. Well done Ed Davey PLEASE PLEASE keep this on the agenda.

    Jackie Charlton

    Brecon & Radnor
  • Pauline Neale
    signed 2013-12-20 13:41:25 +0000
    The idea that a few very rich people can destroy our planet just by being greedy revolts me! Do they not realise that their children, grandchildren and the rest of the human race needs to preserve this planet and not simply trash it to feed a tiny minority’s rapacious appetite for “stuff”. We also need someone to save us all from Fracking. Have you seen Gasland?
  • Alan Whittaker
    signed 2013-12-20 13:33:50 +0000
    One compelling reason for liking “green crap” is that it is not “black crap”, the carbon based economy that has been destroying the planet for the last 2oo years. It can be said that the early industrialists were unaware of the damage they were causing globally as opposed to locally. Think belching chimneys, dead rivers, coal tips and so on. Unfortunately some developing nations are continuing the destruction knowingly, and have added new horrors such as palm oil plantations.

    If the planet doesn’t die first, then the polluters will eventually commit industrial suicide because gas and oil are finite. Self-interest demands a green economy.

    But much more importantly, going green, if implemented on a large enough scale and in time, means mother earth’s scars can be healed and future generations will be able to enjoy hosts of golden daffodils. (Wow! Is that being spiritual?)

    Alan Whittaker
  • Alan Taylor
    signed 2013-12-20 13:28:24 +0000
    Sorry but in my opinion thats just what it is CRAP…Who’s going to pay for your so called 200000 jobs we can’t afford to wait for 50years to make it pay for it’s self.

    Spend your time trying to get China and America to cut their emissions oh and let’s not forget USSR.
  • Gordon Bruce
    signed 2013-12-20 13:13:14 +0000
    We are part of the “environment” not separate from it! We harm our environment at our own short/medium and long term peril. To paraphrase the old First Nation American saying –

    Only after the last tree has been cut down, the last river poisoned and the last fish has been caught, will we find that we can’t eat money."

    It has always amazed me that humans can be so short sighted as to the effects they have on the very planet our own survival depends.

    I do not mean hold the countryside as a museum / held in time – but we must think longterm, which is not the 4year electoral cycle – I mean 50 years plus, at least.
  • Patricia Hanson
    signed 2013-12-20 12:52:26 +0000
    This is the only planet we have – we need to do what we can to keep it safe, green with blue clean water. Every little helps. I’ve just added interior insulation to a very cold and draughty bit of my house.
  • Kenn Winter
    signed 2013-12-20 12:44:57 +0000
    I’m a Member of The Royal Town Planning Institute – one of 20,000 – & have spent my professional life seeking to conserve & enhance our urban & rural environments,

    since studying at Oxford Brookes University.

    Now retired I have a strong interest in green energy – & at home am on a “green tarrif” with my energy supplier, as is my local church which I got floodlit with a Lottery Grant.
  • Tom Payne
    signed 2013-12-20 12:23:15 +0000
    Get green levies back to support new green energy industry. Stop any hydraulic fracking in the UK. We have to leave carbon in the ground. Introduce a better home insulation scheme.
  • Geoff Duff
    signed 2013-12-20 12:19:15 +0000
    I think green crap is probably a very good environmentally friendly bio-fuel. The jobs aren’t the issue here but having a planet that will support any jobs is. What’s being done to protect the forest’s from development and agriculture in this country and abroad. Why is this issue always about money. You cannot help but feel that this planet is ever so slowly dying and we are choking it in the name of economic growth…. We need energy. We need clean energy. The only answer I can see is nuclear. I don’t want hills and seas festooned with wind turbines, which to my mind are there more as a sop to environmentalist to say " Look what we are doing…." Just PR. Great when the wind is blowing….but not to hard.
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  • Jennifer Travena
    signed 2013-12-20 12:05:38 +0000
    England is still a’Green and Pleasant Land’ and I want it to stay that way for my children and my children’s children! We must resist pressure from others to put the economy before the environment. Without a healthy environment in the future there will be no economy!!!
  • Robin Speed
    signed 2013-12-20 12:05:24 +0000
    While neoliberals like Nigel Lawson advocate unrestrained burning of fossil fuels and frequently deny climate change is happening without providing a shred of credible evidence for their preposterous theories, most of us would prefer our children and grandchildren to have the chance to experience the wonderful and varied world we (and neoliberals) have enjoyed.
  • philomena wood
    signed 2013-12-20 12:03:35 +0000
    I want to be green and try as hard as I can. I live in an old Victorian terrace and have great difficulty heating the place , mostly because heat escapes through the walls. I live in a conservation Area and cannot do anything to the exterior of the house. I do think the time has come for councils to look at there policies, conserving the houses is a good thing but there must be ways to help stop heat escaping that is pleasing to Conservation Officers.

    Food wastage worries me when people haven’t enough to eat why do others over buy? this wastage has to be disposed off there should be penalties for excessive wastage by providing households with containers for Bio-gas disposal plant this would show up the wastage.

    New housing should be built with Solar Panels in situ and insulated to above recommended standards. My loft is insulated and draught excluders fitted I also use thick door curtains to save heat. It is time governments started being realistic especially the Conservatives, about the poor levels of insulation in housing in this country. If I could have Solar Panels I would do away with gas and use the electricity supplied by the panels. My home will remain cold throughout the winter as I can’t afford to use anymore gas. How many others who are really poor are in a much worse state than me.
  • James Harvey
    signed 2013-12-20 11:52:55 +0000
    We have only got one planet. If we wreck it, future generations will pay the price.
  • Chris Reeve
    signed 2013-12-20 11:50:41 +0000
    I enjoy cycling and the country lanes around Cheshire and North Wales are a splendid place to cycle. It is important to preserve the rural areas of this island of ours. Green crap indeed—Tory Codswallop perhaps.

    Chris Reeve
  • Chris Bramall
    signed 2013-12-20 11:50:32 +0000
    In 1992 I left the Green Party and joined the Liberal Democrats. Why? Because I felt at that time, as I do still, that tackling global warming is the most important task facing decision-makers (and that means all of us), and I felt that it was the LibDems who were the only party to take environmental issues sufficiently seriously. I am still of that opinion, and I have never regretted my decision to join the LibDems.
  • Jan Towler
    signed 2013-12-20 11:50:06 +0000
    The ‘wilfully ignorant’ e.g. David Cameron et al try to discredit green issues as only being about fluffy polar bears etc and claim to be more concerned about issues that effect all of society. They are missing the point. If we don’t start taking climate change seriously and listen to the scientists who have proved it is happening and that mankind is responsible, it will cost us all dear. The cost of clearing up after extreme weather and rebuilding homes and infrastructure. The cost of poverty as drought in some areas cause crop failure. The cost of our need for energy which is running out and paying for the fiasco of fracking which will exacerbate climate change and be extremely expensive to clean up after it’s failure. So “green crap” is our only hope of a sustainable future and one which will enable us to maintain the standard of living we have today in the UK and moreover improving on it.
  • Carlos Romero
    signed 2013-12-20 11:48:52 +0000
    As the top species of life form with the mental capacity to invent and control things to a certain extent, it is our obligation to look after the life giving environment of our planet for all of creation.
  • George Fussey
    signed 2013-12-20 11:33:33 +0000
    In the words of Sir Crispin Tickell, we should “treat the Earth as if we intended to stay a little while.” Short-termist views expressed by Tories in order to garner votes from the electorate will surely be seen for what they are: opportunist and morally bankrupt. We need to do everything we can in government to improve the conservation of energy taking the advice of the Government’s Chief Scientific Advisers past and present on this issue.
  • gillian chaplin
    signed 2013-12-20 11:32:43 +0000
    I believe in protecting the environment and natural living. To save the planet for future

    generations and to promote a happier society
  • John Riddell
    signed 2013-12-20 11:23:47 +0000
    Same reason as any sensible person – I want my descendants to have as good a quality of life as the planet can offer.

    Business people make far too much unnecessary use of air travel. It must reduce as part of any credible conservation plan, not involve the building of new airports or runways.
  • Melvin Hoare
    signed 2013-12-20 11:16:25 +0000
    I’m just getting solar panels installed – you need to keep fighting the corner for the environment and fighting against global warming in particular. It is a shame that you had to reduce the feed in tariff for solar again, but well done on offshore wind. Having coalition governments gives more long term thinking to our usual short-term self-interested single party government. Just look at Germany – they have so much solar installed that they have problems managing the surge when the sun comes out – that would be a nice problem to have.
  • Janet Berridge
    signed 2013-12-20 11:08:48 +0000
    I am passionate about the environment and about saving energy, resources and materials, because we only have one planet to pass on to future generations. That is why I am totally against nuclear energy. It is not cheap, it is ultimately not clean and it is a ticking time bomb. You may have been persuaded, but I am not.

    I never took David Cameron’s pledge to be green seriously; he will say whatever seems popular at any given time. I am a committed Liberal Democrat and I expect my party to make a difference when it comes to “green crap”. I invested in wind power nearly 20 years ago, and I would like to see more solar and wave capture initiatives. I want sustainable green policies.
  • Chris Broome
    signed 2013-12-20 11:01:32 +0000
    The Tories are in denial that we have to radically change how we produce energy and reduce how much of it we use, simply to avoid a likely climate – and hence econiomic, if you consider that more important – catastrophe. You show an offshore wind turbine in your caption. We need to accept the cost of investing in a massive expansion offshore wind power. This will be very expensive but jobs come with it and it will help preserve an ordered and prosperous society rather than allow chaos to increase over the years. We need a greater level of action from the Lib Dems too such as insistence on a decarbonisation target.

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