Notes from Cambridge Environment and Climate Change Question Time

I was aghast to hear Chamali Fernando, the conservative parliamentary candidate for Cambridge, promoting expanding the A14 at the Environment and Climate Change question time last night.

But perhaps I shouldn’t have been so surprised. After all, her view is totally consistent with the current government’s spending on roads.

I guess the reason for my surprise is that from a climate perspective it’s so clear that we need to reduce emissions from transport.

As this article from Carbon Brief explains, the Committee on Climate Change suggests we need to reduce transport emissions by 40 per cent by 2030 to hit targets set out by the climate change act.

Road expansion means more cars and more road use. It’s investing in change in the wrong direction.

This is such an outdated way to try and win votes.

Parliamentary candidates need to be explaining to voters that we need to reduce transport emissions, and coming up with more imaginative solutions to helping people get about.

The Green party seem to be leading the way on this issue in Cambridge with their Transport Greenprint. I suggest other parties should follow their example.

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Poet and performance maker based in Cambridge and London

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