Our Planet Matters

Cornwall and Isles of Scilly are known around the world for beautiful landscapes and rich ecosystems. From coastline to countryside our landscape is an asset to be protected and handed down to future generations. Never before has public awareness about environmental issues been so high, I want to see that we seize this opportunity to better protect and preserve our environment, for now and for future generations. Cornwall's beauty and wildlife is what attracts so many visitors each year, and what makes it such a special place to live.

For updates on national environmental issues, and local work I am doing please browse the articles below. 



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Let Nature Sing. The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds has released ‘Let Nature Sing’, a recording of bird song with an excellent accompanying video. Please download and promote the song amongst your friends.

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Suggestion week two as Cornwall Council considers the plan to be Carbon Free by 2030 (each week I’m including an idea to contribute to this worthy ideal):

Climate report recommends UK to go 'net zero' by 2050

The science is clear that if we continue to pump greenhouse gases (GHGs) into the atmosphere, climate change will continue to get worse – temperatures will continue to rise, along with impacts and risks. To halt climate change at any level, we have to stop adding GHGs to the atmosphere.

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As Cornwall Council considers what should be in the plan to be Carbon Free by 2030 I thought it would be of interest to set out each week in this column some of the ideas and opportunities that could be grasped to help achieve this worthy ambition.

Campaigners welcome Derek's support for onshore wind

Derek Thomas, MP for St Ives, has signed a cross-party letter to the Prime Minister asking her to undo the blocks the government has placed on onshore wind energy. This support was welcomed today by 10:10 Climate Action and Power for People, who are coordinating the letter.

Planting 20,000 Trees by the end of 2020

Our planet matters. Today I asked Dr Thérèse Coffey, Environment Minister if she would meet with me to support a project to plant 20,000 trees with school children across West Cornwall by the end of 2020 to help address air quality.