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.

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

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I like "green crap" because...


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  • signed 2013-11-07 17:42:36 +0000
    It’s the only sane response to the twin catastrophes of climate change and over population. Earth sustains us when we abuse our environment we abuse ourselves.
  • signed 2013-11-07 17:42:13 +0000
    Because you can only screw up the environment for so long before it bites you in the ass.
  • signed 2013-11-07 17:42:12 +0000
    Because we have to learn to live in a more sustainable and harmonious way, and reverse the damage we’ve done to our environment.
  • signed 2013-11-07 17:40:37 +0000
    Because I think this is my responsibility to leave this place in a better living condition for generations to come.
  • signed 2013-11-07 17:39:46 +0000
    Who will thank us for failing to act now to curb what we know are practices that cannot be sustained?
  • signed 2013-11-07 17:39:30 +0000
    As a scientist with 36 years researching past climate change I am very aware of what our planet is capable of ( the speed and magnitude of change) by purely natural causes. The physics of increasing greenhouse gases is something that has been understood since 1896 and atmospheric greenhouse gas concentrations are now greater than they were millions of years ago when ice caps were smaller and sea levels higher. The sustained rate of rise in atmospheric greenhouse gases (due largely to human activity) is unprecedented in at least the last 500 million years. We are stressing the Earth system in a way that, as far as we can tell it has never been before. Nevertheless climate change is not about higher temperatures, but broader scale environmental change that affects water resources, food production, health and living space. These stresses in turn will lead to economic, social, and political instability and hence raise the likelihood of conflict. Managing climate change is, in short, the most important issue of our time and awaits political leadership and vision on a global scale. I am doing my bit (I am installing ground source heating instead of oil) – I hope you can do yours.
  • signed 2013-11-07 17:36:20 +0000
    As a LibDem, I had hoped that in Coalition we would challenge the insanity of the conventional (Tory/Labour) acceptance of never-ending economic growth. And, also do more to regulate international corporations that thrive, with virtually no accountability for their treatment of either people or the environment, under the shelter of ‘neo-liberal’ economics, the ‘Washington Consensus’ and the WTO.


    As much as anything, the world and the environment desperately needs a fundamentally New Economic Model.


    Only the LibDems, comitted to environmental protection, to personal freedom and to enterprise but without ties to Big Capital or Big Labour, are in a position to argue this position.
  • signed 2013-11-07 17:35:50 +0000
    Because I give a shit about the suffering of others.
  • signed 2013-11-07 17:34:31 +0000
    Hi Nick , I am green because when living up on Scotland’s west coast ,it was a matter of having to be , coupled being brought up by parents during the late 40’s and 50-60’s ! if I didn’t eat was was put in front of me it was brought out next day until it was eaten ! I was lucky my mum was a great cook and we had to make do and mend on everything.Rebore car engines to keep them going for as long as we could,Fablon covered door trims ,just to keep it tidy !

    The problem we are now facing is one of over population ,especially in England as we are ,with Holland, the two most densely populated countries in the E.U. and the world,currently between 460 -495 people per km2 ,as Holland is currently 496 ,our border agency is rubbish and for an island that’s disgusting !

    We are currently x3 the population density of China ,some 80 people per km2 of India and as regards to Africa out of their 57 countries only 1 is of a higher density ! The E.U. as you are aware has an average population density of 120 ,about the same as France now ,so England is 4 x that !!! We are x2 the pop’density of Germany ! no wonder they have green energy coming up to twice the useage of ours ,mind you they supply all the turbines and hardware because of their brilliant Mittelstand system of family run bussineses that have limited stock exchange involvement in financing,the main reason that they have x3 the manufacturing element as part of their GDP ! theirs 30 % ours is 9 % banks are to blame there not investing in manufacturing !

    Nuclear is currently at 19 % ,of our total ,green energy is about 13 % Germany is about double that ,and they are increasing their coal fired power stations with clean burning systems ,why are’t we ? we are too slow !

    House building costs in carbon co2 is over a 95 year period 170 tonnes per plot ! in embodied energy ! this takes and area of land planted with quick growing hardwood trees and area x9 of the house plot ,this includes long term maintenance carbon costs.

    The 100 million trees we want Scotland to plant is only enough for 650,000 homes, 3 years building !! England has only 8 % of our land in forests and woodland , we need to at least treble that ! because we still have to sequester the EXISTING 24 million homes ,let alone all the infrastructure .

    We need to know the embodied energy costs of ALL infrastructure work carried out ,HS2 the new London docks ,new drainage schemes ,and we need to know how this is to be sequestered ! carbon offset deals are a waste of time ,we need to do it all within our own country,that’s the only way.

    We should NEVER use the word ’sustainable ’ in regards to our efforts since we are way , way, way past any degree of sustainability .We are living off of all the other countries that have a far ,far better environmental footprint than England.

    Germany has managed growth on a falling population rate of 0.2 % per year on year,compared with our rubbish performance on an increasing population growth of 0.8 % !! yet again the fault is with the rubbish banks ! We need to arrest these fraudsters and jail them ! similar treatment to what Iceland has done in arresting 9 of their crooked bankers ,we need to do this ,party brownie points are there to be had !
  • signed 2013-11-07 17:33:17 +0000
    Because Planet Earth is our home and if we don’t look after it better, then our children and children’s children will never taste fish or breath clean air. Because Planet Earth is beautiful and in our pursuit for material gain, we have trampled all over Mother Nature for too long.
  • signed 2013-11-07 17:32:20 +0000
    Because the resources of the planet are finite and we risk upsetting the natural ‘balance’ of the planet.

    Whilst there may be some scepticism on our effect on the atmoshpere, we cannot afford to take chances.

    If we don’t safeguard our environment we may eventually become another extinct species.

    However we must we must apply policies sensibly and proportionately. Eg Are offshore windfarms truly carbon neutral and cost effective over their life when including installation, constant maintenance, down time. and eventual replacement..
  • signed 2013-11-07 17:31:28 +0000
    Civilization and possibly even human existence will be in jeopardy unless we rein in the forces polluting and warming the planet.
  • signed 2013-11-07 17:29:49 +0000
    Despite the high faluting political speak of your opening paragraph that would put most people off from responding, let alone supporting the green campaign, I believe that it is only common-sense to conserve energy, reduce our carbon emmissions by utilising ‘free’ energy via solar, wind and wave generation. Nuclear is not efficient due to the long deterioration of nuclear waste. We must preserve the planet for future generations without leaving them with a dangerous waste dispoal problem.
  • signed 2013-11-07 17:24:59 +0000
    Because climate change is a scientifically proven problem and I want to do my bit to fix it
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    I've just told the Lib Dems why I want to tackle climate change. Tell them why you're green too! #whyiamGREEN
  • signed 2013-11-07 17:24:01 +0000
    The Earth is a beautiful place and needs to stay that way. It’s the only home we have. Being concious we have a duty of care to the planet and all life on it
  • signed 2013-11-07 17:23:42 +0000
    I want to try and halt the sixth major extinction of life on the planet. It’s not just about trying to save a few iconic species, but trying to save as much biodiversity as possible. This is not just our moral obligation after all the damage we have done, but it will also ensure the continuance of a healthy human population.
  • signed 2013-11-07 17:23:07 +0000
    I support the Greens now because the Lib Dems betrayed me at the last election and I’ll never vote for them until the day I die.
  • signed 2013-11-07 17:22:07 +0000
    To help achieve sustainability of the planet as a healthy home for my grandchildren.
  • signed 2013-11-07 17:21:24 +0000
    Alison Stevens.
  • signed 2013-11-07 17:20:47 +0000
    I support Green policies because global warming caused by our production of greenhouse gases will gradually kill off many animal species, e.g. Polar Bears; will cause and is causing extreme weather events; will cause sea levels to rise; and is causing sea temperatures to rise, which may contribute to more earthquakes and volcanic activity.


    We know that in the past the earth was hotter and had lots of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. Over time forests grew and absorbed the carbon dioxide, producing oxygen. Because there was less carbon dioxide in the atmosphere the earth could radiate heat more to space, so became cooler. The forests gradually died but were replaced by new growth. Much of the forests were buried by volcanic activity and the carbon in them combined with other elements to become coal or oil or gas. This process went on for millions of years. So the Earth had packed away in its depths lots of hydrocarbons.


    Then man came along and eventually in the industrial age has begun to burn these hydrocarbons, putting the carbon dioxide back into the atmosphere. So it is clear that we can expect that the earth will get hotter.


    I read in http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/06/120611153234.htm that the observed global average ocean warming (from the surface to 700 meters) has been approximately 1/10th of a degree Celsius over 50 years.


    To warm the volume of water occupied by a 700 metre depth of the world’s oceans (area 361 million sq km) by an average of 0.1 degree Celsius would require 103,419,875,650,000,000,000 Joules or 98,022,743,398,479,700 Btu. This is the equivalent of heating 544,570,796,658,221 pounds of water from freezing to boiling.


    Whilst Earth had a steady temperature, that heat was being radiated into space. But now we can expect with continuing greenhouse gas production that the heat build up rate will increase.
  • signed 2013-11-07 17:20:33 +0000
    Because Nature doesn’t need us, but we need nature, for food, energy, everything. our ancestors needed Nature and our decendants, equally, will need Nature just as much. Is that emphatic enough for you, Mr Clegg?
  • signed 2013-11-07 17:19:58 +0000
    As a scientist I believe that the case has been established that human activity is the main cause of global warming and I believe that, with the use of nuclear power (ideally fusion if we can do it), it should be possible to eliminate our dependence on fossil fuels
  • signed 2013-11-07 17:19:52 +0000
    dear nick

    im green because I want to be and to help this planet become more beautiful than now

    clear the pollution make the sea a better place and stop humans being selfish about green matters
  • signed 2013-11-07 17:19:42 +0000
    Hi I am deeply worried about the lack of commitment by politicians to engaging with climate change which we have known for some time. To me it seems that corporate growth and profit has precedence over doing the right thing for all future generations. What we are storing up is a planet that is dying and with it so will our species as many others have already. I feel there is a lot of selfishness on the part of govts and society where future generations will inherit the mess and the struggle for survival. As long as we have neo-liberal, conservative economic policies we will fail. Inequalities across most countries also exacerbates the problem and we will see greater migrations from many countries who already are struggling to survive. Diseases not seen before in moderate climates will appear as will food shortages as long as we continue down the current path.


    We have tried to be energy efficient in our lifestyles but as individuals it is harder to achieve success as long as we dont have clear messages and direction from those in power – it needs en-mass responses and clear understanding to the public in how they can live more sustainably, both environmentally and socially. The demands on society will be greater and consumerism will not solve the problem but exacerbate it. We used our last savings to get solar panels on our roof and have tried to encourage others to do the same, but it is disheartening when you hear the govt only seeing nuclear power as the way forward and not discussing other more sustainable technologies e.g. tidal power, solar, bio-mass energy etc. Nuclear power may not release fossil fuels into the environment but they are by no means safe in terms of toxic waste. I am concerned that no one discusses this when talking about nuclear when safe longterm storage is a major concern.


    I care about the quality of life and justice for all and engaging with environmental issues is totally part of this. The greed with which corporations and others drives current policies and survival of the rich makes me angry but we cannot deal with the environmental problems either while govts support ‘growth & profit’ as the mecca and answer to our problems. A greener world is also a happier and socially stable one as well as a healthier place to be.


    Thankyou for the chance to give my views.


    Grindl
  • signed 2013-11-07 17:19:03 +0000
    I am green because I don’t want to have a negative impact on the earth my child is inheriting. I also wish to teach him how to treat nature with respect because honestly we have been biting the hand that feeds us for too long. With our population expanding as it is its imperative that we live sustainably to avoid further natural disaster!
  • signed 2013-11-07 17:18:54 +0000
    I am green because if we are not the future is black. Looking after the finite reserves and stopping harmful warming will leave a disastrous legacy for the future that may be irreversible.
  • signed 2013-11-07 17:18:07 +0000
    Because the future of our planet is something worth fighting for!
  • signed 2013-11-07 17:17:51 +0000
    because I want this beautiful planet to be able to support life – including human life – and we need to care for it rather than simply see it as a resource to be exploited


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