The Green Party is today launching its local election campaign with a pledge to build a Green Recovery in Uttlesford.
Edward Gildea, standing in Newport and Saffron Walden, said, “After the long, dark winter of Covid we need to build a greener, more caring future. Time is running out to avert the environmental crisis while social injustice has been exposed in all its cruelty. It is time to build back better.”
This year, the Green Party is looking to win more seats in Uttlesford and to be represented on Essex County Council for the first time. It is time to bring about a Green Recovery from the coronavirus pandemic, tackle climate change and reduce social inequality.
Our green councillors on the Town and District Councils have already made significant impacts in getting environmental issues on the agenda and in pressing for ethical investment policies.
The long- awaited Local Plan is a vital opportunity to replace incoherent, opportunistic development with a vision of sustainable housing for the future. To breathe life into our transport infrastructure, reducing our dependency on petrol-driven cars, improving both air quality and public health.
Thousands of jobs will be created in the transition to a low carbon economy, and Green councillors will fight to ensure that Uttlesford doesn’t miss out on those opportunities. We have the vision that the other parties lack.
“Our economy has become far too dependent on the airport and the largely low-paid employment opportunities it offers,” said Daniel Brett of Stansted Mountfitchet Parish Council. “With the unsustainability of cheap air travel plain for all to see, we will support the development of highly skilled, sustainable jobs that spread wealth more equally.”
“Unlike others, we know that our planet has environmental limits, that inequality is not just unfair, but damaging to everyone in society,” said Madeline. “We have the bold solutions which offer inspiration in this age of uncertainty.”