Welwyn Hatfield MP Grant Shapps slammed over Government’s ‘green credentials’

CLIMATE change campaigners criticised Welwyn Hatfield MP Grant Shapps over his Government’s green credentials, during a meeting in WGC.

To mark Climate Week, the housing and local government minister met with environmentalists from Times Territory, for an informal discussion held at Campus West.

Mr Shapps met Robert Harvey from the World Development Movement, Brain Edwards of Friends of the Earth, Oxfam’s Gill Pinfold and John Fogarty from CAFOD (Catholic Overseas Development Agency).

The discussion centred around the Government’s new Green Deal, which aims to invest in improving energy efficiency in millions of homes across the UK.

The MP also answered questions on whether the Government would remove the ban on borrowing until 2015 in order to invest in the Green Investment Bank, and discussed the recent Cancun Climate Change Conference in Mexico.

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Following the meeting, Mr Shapps said: “During Green Week I was keen to meet up with other local campaigners who care about setting a course to make the planet a better place to live on now and in the future.

“For me this includes practical steps like supporting local litter-picks, right through to the big things like reducing greenhouse gases over the long term.”

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But Mr Harvey said still more needed to be done to combat climate change.

“We were very pleased hear about the positive action that Grant is taking under the Green Deal,” he said.

“But there needs to be much greater urgency on the part of government as a whole, as swift action will reduce the damaging effects of climate change.

“Climate change disproportionately and unfairly effects developing countries who are least responsible for it, and we’re asking the Government to support European MEPs of all parties and their proposals for a ‘Robin Hood’ tax on banks to fund climate change adaption.”

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