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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  • signed 2013-12-20 08:06:32 +0000
    I have three kids, I’d like them to grow up in a world that isn’t decimated by extremes of weather, underwater, on uninhabitable!
  • signed 2013-12-20 08:01:10 +0000
    Because if the scientists are right (95% certain) then our planet & our children’s very existence depends on us significantly reducing our carbon emissions. In the unlikely event that they are wrong we will still have the benefit of a more pleasant, less polluted planet to live on. By using less fuel people will spend less so save money as well. It clearly is a win, win or a very bad lose choice. I think we should make much more use of solar power and local authorities should support not block this.
  • signed 2013-12-20 07:47:54 +0000
    Dear Ed

    I’ve worked in the Energy sector for many years including Renewables/Alternative Fuels/Offshore Wind etc. I’d really like to know what these 200,000 jobs actually are & where & what doing?

    Can you say with any certainty at this stage?
  • signed 2013-12-20 07:39:39 +0000
    We believe that the earth we live on is not a gift to us. it is in trust for future generations and poorer people. So we took out a mortgage and invested the money in solar thermal and PV panels, a ground source heat pump, good insulation and low energy devices and led lights. We stopped using gas, and buy electricity from Good Energy so it is solely from renewables. We stopped using a private vehicle and try to live a carbon neutral lifestyle. We hear the Liberal Democrats bragging about how green they are but have seen little evidence of it.
  • signed 2013-12-20 07:30:19 +0000
    The environment should be of primary concern. If we do not have a healthy sustainable environment, then we cannot have a healthy society. Priority, or at least equality, should be given to the environment in every decision taken on transport, housing, education, immigration, business, to name a few. The UK is one of the poorest advocates for the environment in the world – let us be at the top, alongside Scandinavia and Germany, instead of floundering alongside the US. I believe in the natural environment above everything else.
  • signed 2013-12-20 07:27:54 +0000
    Of course I care about the planet. Stop repeating the use of this phrase ‘green crap’ – it just perpetuates the message David Cameron is trying to get across. Given the IPCC’s report this year showing incontrovertably that climate change is man made, the more you can do to fight back against this Tory rhetoric the better. Humans have one planet to live one, with finite resources and our quest for infinite growth is putting the very earth we rely on at risk. Stop pandering to Tory market-led decision making and stand up for the planet and its citizens. Start by investing in renewables and insulating Britain’s housing stock and we’ll see our demand for fossil fuels going down, jobs increasing and a reduction in the amout of CO2 the UK emits.
  • signed 2013-12-20 07:24:34 +0000
    We need to reduce green-house gases emissions and keep the impact on our world’s environment of increased industrialisation to a minimum. People who do not support measures to do this are risking world-wide catastrophe, based either on the ignorance and prejudice of unreasoned rejection of scientific facts in favour of creationist mumbo-jumbo, or through arrogant self-interest based on putting short-term financial benefit to a few richer communities and companies ahead of the wider interests of the majority of the 7 billion people alive at the moment.

    Whatever the Tories or Labour and their supporters in the big energy companies may say, as Lib Dems we have a duty to stand up for the poor and underprivileged already suffering from the effects of global warming, as well as generation yet to come. We really are at a pivotal point in world history: either take practical and immediate steps to safeguard our environment, or see extreme weather events proliferate, sea-levels rise inexorably, and countless millions starve to death or die in new wars over increasingly limited resources.
  • signed 2013-12-20 07:06:31 +0000
    Without care for the planet our life will be unsustainable.
  • signed 2013-12-20 06:19:17 +0000
    We should NOT REPEAT this stupid expression (you could call this expression ‘Reactionary crap’ if you like)… ‘Green’ is good of course as a word but it may be too banal now. Let’s not be afoodman of using longer phrases: ‘measures to improve the environment’, give people a better quality of life, and’ promote health’.

    Also let’s not be afraid of contentious issues.. Like the noise pollution produced by wind farms (choice of siting), the fact that the paper/electronic device carbon footprint analysis is not as evident as one might think. Let’s find ways of reducing the need for energy (new lighting systems are a good example), that’s a sure bet.

    Of course no one will put the clock back, can’t stop people wanting the latest devices for example, but let’s take a carefully informed view of the issues and not just a short-term political one (like these Tories seem to be doing). We support a better quality of life now and for our children and our children’s children.
  • signed 2013-12-20 05:28:20 +0000
    I’m green, and have been for a very long time, because I fear for the very exsitance of Planet Earth as we know it if we do not address our continued worldwide distruction of the environment. We have dithered far too long and may well have gone past the point of no return for the planet to repair itself in the short term. That is not a very good legacy to leave for the worlds future generations.
  • signed 2013-12-20 04:41:10 +0000
    200,000 is a good start. Soon the country will realize that, as every aspect of the economy only functions because energy is used and, as every aspect of ecology (including our food supply) depends on climate, that every job will soon be first and foremost, a green job. The LibDems have given Cameron a lot but is this works, it will be worth it.
  • signed 2013-12-20 04:37:56 +0000
    We must do our bit to ensure the survival of the beautiful, green Earth, and also essentially of our grandchildren; and to ensure the future of humanity.
  • signed 2013-12-20 04:35:35 +0000
  • signed 2013-12-20 04:21:50 +0000
    Because the future of our planet is something worth fighting for! 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.
  • posted about this on Facebook 2013-12-20 03:49:01 +0000
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  • signed 2013-12-20 03:48:40 +0000
    Wouldn’t it be good if we could save the world. By us all doing a little bit it will surely make a difference to the planet and the quality of our lives.
  • signed 2013-12-20 03:19:29 +0000
    I’m green because I know Big Business is stifling green technology to maximise profits. They fail to realise that their wealth and power depend on a viable environment, which they are hell bent on destroying
  • signed 2013-12-20 02:31:46 +0000
    All the scientists agree that C)2 emissions are changing our climate. Our children will have to live through cataclysmic times if we don’t act NOW.
  • signed 2013-12-20 02:00:49 +0000
    I’m Green because I believe in saving the environment for future generations. If the Liberal Democrats were really Green they would break off a coalition with with Conservatives & Unionist who follow carbon burning fuel and energy policies. Liberal Democrats councils would stop selling off Municipal bus operators like Eastbourne Buses to commercial companies like Stagecoach , or Bournemouth Borough Transport “Yellow Buses” to French Government owned RATP Dev owners of the Paris Bus, Tram & Metro Network.

    Because I believe in GREEN Politics I LEFT the Liberal Democrats, Jumped via Co-Operative & Labour to The Green Party.- England & Wales – our Green-EFA partner in the EU Parliament.

    If the Liberal Democrats want serious credibility on Green credentials start working with the MP for Brighton Pavillion, not the Members for Witney, Tatton, Chingford & Woodford Green or North Shropshire.

    As Mrs Thatcher quoted “This is an Ex Parrot!”
  • signed 2013-12-20 01:19:55 +0000
    Because I recognise the damage shortsighted greed and overpopulation are causing to the planet today, that will impact disasterously on our kids’ kids. But does anyone care?
  • signed 2013-12-20 01:16:11 +0000
    We’re already living beyond our means. If we don’t start living responsibly soon we may not have anything left to live on.
  • signed 2013-12-20 00:25:04 +0000
    why don’t you tell me how it works first?
  • signed 2013-12-20 00:22:57 +0000
    It’s green crap when Sutton Council Lib Dem councillors and Lib Dem MP Tom Brake support the coming Viridor incinerator development of all places in the Wandle Valley Linear Park and Open Metropolitan Land green belt which will spew out nano particles 24/7/365 for at least 20 years which are suspected in other similar developments of causing cancer. These fumes are to spread from their high pair of chimneys across the whole borough and neighbouring boroughs at the whim of the prevailing wind current. I don’t like this green crap one little bit especially with my asthma and cancers I have already.
  • signed 2013-12-20 00:16:48 +0000
    I am in favour of energy from renewable sources, which reduces the the amount of greenhouse gases, which cause global warming.

    I have invested in Triodos Renewables, who have several small wind farms.
  • posted about this on Facebook 2013-12-20 00:12:47 +0000
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  • signed 2013-12-20 00:11:07 +0000
    On top of everything else, fracking contracts being sneakily granted all over the place is a huge worry. The Conservatives like only one green thing, and that’s the paper folding stuff they love to steal from everyone else. If we don’t ensure a sustainable future on this one little blue and green rock in space we call home, the only home we’ve got, we will not only die, but take out the majority of all other living things with us.

    This will actually put cockroaches further up the food chain than Conservatives globally. Not just the odious ones we call Tories in this nation. Cockroaches won’t care if they’re eating the remains of a Socialist, Liberal or a Conservative.

    I actually feel sorry for anyone who’s had children since about 1990.Our current legacy to those future people is looking pretty grim right now.
  • signed 2013-12-19 23:59:00 +0000
    hello Edward,

    I just love your “green crap”

    So many thanks for writing to me about “green crap”

    Now you are in power and privileged to secret information I will trust you.

    So tell me, what change to the rate of climate change has all the previous “green crap” made.

    I am a scientist so you can give me the raw data on which you base your decision………………………

    If you do not know for sure whether you are helping or hindering climate change then are you sure your policies are doing good or bad? — and if you are sure then please show me the evidence on which you base such an assertion. (You can write to me in your layman’s language if that helps you.)

    I mean, are you informed or just dogmatic? Are you the kind of “doctor” who would prescribe more of the same medicine in a crisis?

    To be blunt, are you a mouth organ of popularist propaganda or someone who cares about evidence based fact, ie, the truth?

    And yes….as you asked so nicely, I will be pleased to donate to any good cause.

    However, please convince me how our current “green” 200,000 jobs are little better than taking in each others washing.

    D. James B.Sc.(Hons)

    ps…. I do not expect you to read this, or, if you did, to give a coherent response.

    May your god help us all !!!!!!!
  • signed 2013-12-19 23:55:25 +0000
  • signed 2013-12-19 23:53:14 +0000
    Because I have worked in the agricultural industry both as a farm manager, ecologist and owning my own farm for 40 years, and have witnessed established weather patterns breaking down, crop and wildlife phenology going out of phase, and the terrifying spread of harmful diseases of crops, trees and livestock to higher latitudes as the climate warms.

    I am very concerned about the ability of UK agriculture to maintain yields at current levels let alone feed the increasing population.

    I wonder what legacy we will leave to my grandchildren.
  • signed 2013-12-19 23:43:52 +0000
    Once our ‘free’ air, land, minerals and water have been used up by giant corporations, how will our grandchildren survive? Exploitation is reducing our chances of survival as a species by exhausting the sources of our health and wellbeing.

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