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Two environment stories from the UK caught my eye this week.  It emerged that the rate of packaging recycling went down last year, despite Michael Gove’s grandstanding on plastic pollution.  Then young people across the country walked out of school on Friday to protest the inaction of this government and world leaders on climate change.

 

It’s clear we’re at a crux point in the future of our planet and our species.  There’s a growing public demand that we set right the balance between humanity’s needs and the ecosystems on which we depend.  Tory inaction on an issue as clear-cut as plastic pollution shows that we need a change of approach at all levels of government.

 

Dover & Deal Labour are committed to tackling poor environmental standards and the social justice issues they present.  We recognise that to be truly sustainable, any environmental action needs to be grounded in the reality of people’s daily lives – but we don’t lack ambition.

 

For example, if you elect us to lead Dover District Council in May 2019, we pledge to build 1,500 environmentally sound council homes over the next eight years.  While addressing housing need, we will minimise carbon emissions and save hard-pressed families money on fuel bills.

 

We also pledge to develop a not-for-profit district bus company.  Why?  Because a better, cheaper public transport system reduces emissions and air pollution, and serves those who can’t drive or can’t afford to run cars.

 

Our manifesto includes other environmental pledges: to support the development of plastic-free communities, for example, to continue to improve recycling rates and to improve air quality.  Labour councils and a Labour government offer the best opportunity for our country to become a fairer and greener place.  If, though, the UK persists with Tory nonchalance regarding environmental issues, with the Tory philosophy of greed before need, then Nature will suffer, we will suffer and the hopes of the young people who took to the streets this week will have been cruelly betrayed.

Anne Napier,  Labour portfolio holder Health, Environment and Waste

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Education should be a gift to be passed on from generation to generation. However; the government of today has seen fit to treble the cost of tuition. This cost is a factor in almost every individual’s deciding whether they attend university or not. Whether you want to be a nurse, a teacher, or a banker your costs are the same regardless of your potential earnings. There are absolutely no concessions, even if you are taking a course enabling you to work in public service.

The costs involved also have a psychological burden, I will potentially be starting my working life owing the state £50,000! The fact that I only need to start paying it off when my earnings reach the threshold does not detract from the fact that I will owe £50,000, a figure I would find hard to ignore in whatever financial decisions I make in the future.

If we are truly to move on as a nation and develop the kind of economy politicians are so fond of talking about – the hi-tech and innovative new economy – education is key. To talk about this bold and ambitious vision of the future is futile when placing hurdles in front of the very people who need to embrace this vision. I don’t understand the Tories: it is bad enough that their test-obsessed policy for secondary education lets so many people down, but the people who leap their academic hurdles are then punished with these tuition fees. It’s almost as if they want us all to fail!

The Labour party will abolish tuition fees and create a National Education Service, opening educational opportunities to everybody.

 

Hamish Napier, 15yo