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. 

For my weekly recommendations to Cornwall Council on their plans for Carbon Free Cornwall 2030 click here. 



Derek takes part in climate change debate

I was grateful for the opportunity to take part in the debate today in Parliament titled ‘Tackling Climate Change, protecting the environment and securing global development’.

Paving the way for the 'Road toZero'

I was pleased to receive the below letter today, outlining the pathway to 'Road to Zero'. This is a great step in the right direction. For Cornwall and other rural areas, the switch over to electric vehicles will need to be well thought out.

Derek Thomas MP supports new environmental manifesto to tackle climate change and biodiversity loss

Derek Thomas MP has today supported the launch of a new environmental manifesto that explores new policy ideas to address climate change and biodiversity loss.Mr Thomas is a member of the Conservative Environment Network (CEN) MP's caucus, and has signed the manifesto's declaration. The Declaration acknowledges the 'gravity of the global environmental crisis and our duty to preserve and restore our planet for future generations

Derek roots for local tree planting

This week I met with the Minister David Rutley, responsible for forests and woodland, following a question in Parliament which I put to the Environment Secretary Michael Gove MP, seeking his support for communities who want to plant trees to improve air quality and the natural environment.

Bill introduced to commit Government to Net Zero emissions target

As a member of the Environmental Audit Committee I am thrilled that the UK has announced it's plans to achieve Net Zero, the first (hopefully of many) country to do so. Please find below some information about this change. 

What does this mean?