Policies: Environment and pollution

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Environment and pollution

Central and Outer Leeds Green Party believes that protecting the environment is a key priority. We want to see Leeds City Council – and national government – doing more to ensure that everyone in Leeds can breathe clean air, enjoy green spaces, and that nobody is threatened by flooding and other extreme weather linked to climate change.

Our priorities for tackling environment and pollution in Leeds are:

  • Addressing air pollution to protect people’s health from toxic fumesLeeds is one of nine areas in the UK identified by the World Health Organization as failing to meet air quality guidelines, and research suggests as many as 350 premature deaths a year in Leeds result from air pollution.
  • Protecting the city’s green spaces (and creating more), which are important ‘green lungs’ and wildlife habitats, as well as places where people can unwind and exercise. See our community spaces page for more information.
  • Ensuring that everyone in Leeds can get around via sustainable means, by improving walking, cycling and public transport provision. See our transport page for more info.
  • Supporting renewable energy and energy efficiency, including ensuring all new housing and buildings are energy efficient and when possible supplied by renewables, and retrofitting existing buildings. See our housing page for more info.
  • Reducing emissions and support local businesses to do the same, and supporting the divestment of council pensions from fossil fuels, so the city is doing its part to prevent devastating climate change.
  • Improving recycling in Leeds by introducing kerbside glass collection in conjunction with bin emptying services.

We support community campaigns and groups across Leeds working towards these aims. If you are involved in a campaign and would like to discuss working together, please contact leedsgreenparty@gmail.com.

For more information about national Green Party policies in these areas see Climate Change, Energy, Pollution, Natural Resources and Waste Management.

To keep up-to-date with our work promoting these policies, follow us on Twitter or Facebook.

Joe Salmon at Headingley Hill

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