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‘We need a habitat fit for both our wildlife – and our future,’ says Labour councillor Charmaine Morgan

By OPINION Stephen Munday

Charmaine Morgan
Charmaine Morgan

The Financial Times (10 June 2015, has published a letter from big businesses to the Government calling for a ‘low-carbon Britain’.

They argue that ‘failure to tackle climate change could put economic prosperity at risk’ and that ‘right action now would create jobs and boost competitiveness.’

Some may argue it is the actions of the larger corporations that have led to an increase in emissions as they centralise services and rely heavily on importing and transporting goods. However it is encouraging they are taking a hard look at how sustainable their operations are and that they recognise the need to change.

Their arguments were also used by Labour in its election manifesto which, among a number of important green policies, pledged to create thousands of new ‘green’ jobs for British workers. The world’s need for new sustainable energy and transport provides an opportunity for Britain’s economy that we cannot afford to miss.

Not only our climate but also the protection of our ecology is a matter of concern. The plight of bees has had wide political and media coverage yet clearly not everyone is listening. A local ecologist who is a regular visitor to the Hills and Hollows has been monitoring the bee population of the area for over a year and discovered, instead of the usual thriving bee population, a carpet of dead bees. Subsequently the population of bees in the area has plummeted. I am liaising with the Health & Safety Executive and local Environmental Health officers over this matter.

Although the Government launched an action plan to safeguard Britain’s bees and other pollinators this is considered inadequate. Plans largely depend upon the ‘co-operation’ of farmers and other landowners.

Bees, along with other pollinating insects, are crucial for food production. Pesticides are their biggest threat and can threaten our health too, as some linger, contaminating soil and water supplies. Local authorities including South Kesteven District Council and Lincolnshire County Council alongside gardeners can do their bit saving money and encouraging ecological diversity by selectively trimming verges and public green spaces.

We need to replace the ‘green grass deserts’ lauded in the recent past with habitat fit for our wildlife and our future.


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