The Oxford West & Abingdon environmental hustings took place on 28 April. Candidates attending were
- Sally Copley – Labour
- Mike Foster – Socialist Party of Great Britain
- Ian Hudspeth (representing Nicola Blackwood) – Conservative
- Layla Moran – Liberal Democrats
- Helen Salisbury – National Health Action Party
- Larry Sanders – Green
The meeting was chaired by Sam Clarke, chair of Low Carbon Oxford North. The questions asked included:
- What do you do as an individual to reduce your impact on the environment?
- The scientific consensus is that we need to act urgently to prevent dangerous climate change. What urgent action does your party propose to take and when?
- Oxfordshire has over 60 Community Action Groups working
on projects such as renewable energy, local food and waste reduction. How will you represent and act on your constituents’ views in Parliament, given that this is one of the highest levels of grassroots action in the UK?
- What is your position on supporting the onshore and offshore wind industry? Does your position differ in any way from that of your party?
- Do you support fracking and are you prepared to sign a frack-free pledge?
Today WWF published its Living Forests Report, calling for urgent action to achieve zero net deforestation by 2020. What action will you take to achieve this goal?
- According to the IPCC the fossil fuel industry has between 3 and 5 times as much coal, oil and gas as can safely be burned, yet they continue to explore for yet more. Divestment from fossil fuels is rapidly gaining traction as a way that public institutions can take a moral and economic stand against this dangerous industry. Do the candidates support moves by the local authorities, universities and
churches to divest?
- Given that animal agriculture accounts for at least 18% of all greenhouse gas emissions according to the UN’s 2006 report and as much as 51% according to Worldwatch’s 2009 report (once respiration is included), together with the enormous extra land space required to eat higher up the food chain, what are the candidates’ positions on the necessity to adopt a more plant based lifestyle on a societal level?
If elected, how would you personally use parliamentary processes and your influence to promote active travel (cycling & walking) in Oxford West & Abingdon?
- Given the news today about Shell and BP between them having more meetings with the last government’s ministers than the entire renewable energy sector, what do candidates propose should be a model for enabling fair access to government ministers?
More photos of the evening can be found on Flickr.