26 October 2019
Alexandra Phillips, Green Party MEP for South East England, is to visit the city this Sunday to talk to residents about the Green New Deal.
Arriving on the Green Party electric bus, Ms Phillips will introduce the proposed strategy that will help to tackle the climate emergency. The deal would set radical plans to decarbonise our economy and eradicate inequality.
To prevent a further climate breakdown, we must cut carbon emissions by 50% within the next 10 years. The Green New Deal calls for investment in clean energy, warm homes and affordable transport for all.
Residents will also have the chance to meet Green Party representatives who will be standing as parliamentary candidates for the Southampton area and highlighting a number of local issues.
John Spottiswoode, candidate for Southampton Itchen, said: "The campaign shouldn't be primarily about Brexit. There needs to be a massive focus to stop the environmental catastrophe that gets nearer very rapidly."
"There is only one political party that will do what is necessary. The Green Party."
John will highlight the threat of air pollution such as radioactive atoms in the air and their link to a rise in deaths from cancer. Ingesting alpha and beta radionuclides is particularly dangerous, yet Fawley incinerator has been burning material downwind of Southampton for years. The incinerator burns 45,000 tonnes of hazardous waste a year – a massive problem for our city and the residents who live here.
Katherine Barbour, who will stand for Southampton Test, is concerned for the welfare of people living with dementia and calls for better support in the community and in care. Having worked for the NHS and local authority, Katherine has called for a particular focus on dementia and how we support carers too. She started a dementia action group in Southampton and has worked with over 150 GP surgeries to make them dementia friendly.
The Green bus will stop in front of the Civic Centre at 2pm on Sunday, 27 October.
Local residents are invited to ask questions and find out more about the Green Party’s vision for a greener future.
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