17 March 2021

“The effects of pollution and greenhouse emissions are now having a direct effect on our health, especially on the health of the younger generation. The government needs to urgently rethink and cancel projects that encourage high carbon-emitting means of transport. “ 

Mia Woolley, County Council Candidate for Barrow and Quorn

 

The Green Party has reiterated its call for the government to scrap its £27bn road building programme and all airport expansion, which severely undermines efforts to cut air pollution and carbon emissions. Increasing road capacity increase both air pollutants and emissions which means any party that wants to be taking serious action that ensures we have clear air to breath and avoid the worst of the climate crisis must put a halt any further road building.

 

Green Party co-leader Jonathan Bartley has said the government's road building programme, announced in last year’s budget [1], is completely at odds with the UK's role as chair of this year's COP and completely undermines any efforts to show global leadership there.

 

Meanwhile, the party has also backed calls from leading international climate scientists on the government to halt the expansion of Leeds Bradford Airport [2], which was recently approved by Leeds City Council.

 

 

[1] https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2020/mar/11/chancellor-announces-27bn-for-roadbuilding-in-budget

[2] https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/mar/04/international-climate-scientists-join-call-to-halt-leeds-bradford-airport-expansion