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The Peace Party of the United Kingdom

Environment

The Peace Party will promote the need for the right relationship with our natural and man-made surroundings, a relationship that is holistic and organic. There is an overriding responsibility to  pass on to future generations both the natural and the man-made world, its resources, wildlife and plants, cities and transport links, landscapes, water and air, in a far better condition than they are at present.

The Peace Party aims to:

  • Ensure that everyone has an equal right to, and use of, the natural and man-made resources of the Planet.
  • Ensure that humans, who are part of nature, are aware of the total connectivity of all life on earth and that every action rapidly affects every other across the globe.
  • Make sure that all land is held in trust for the use of the whole community.
  • Ensure amenities are within walking distance of every home when planning towns and that everyone in a town is within a five minute walk of a bus route.
  • Make sure that everyone has access to free local travel with longer overland journeys being more heavily subsidised than they are at present. Ensure that there are good interchange facilities between modes of transport.
  • Have well-thought out, rolling 30-year plans in place for transport and development in towns and cities (a far longer time scale than at present).
  • Everyone should have access to sufficient , non-polluting energy by subsidising the research into, and development of, photo-voltaics for the generation of electricity, nuclear fusion, wind, wave, hydro-electric power, including tidal, waste biomass burning and fuel cells (from
    stored hydrogen).
  • Replace, as soon as possible, nuclear fission power and phase out the burning of all carbon-dioxide producing fuels – coal, oil and gas.
  • Subsidise the storage of “wastes” from burning and nuclear reactions for possible future use.
  • Reduce carbon dioxide emissions eventually to mid-nineteenth century levels, to counteract global warming by, for example,
    • Subsidising reductions in energy consumption through insulation of buildings and installation of efficient boilers and air-conditioning units
    • Encouraging walking and cycling
    • Giving car-owners incentives to leave vehicles at home
    • Taxing, even more heavily, petrol and diesel in private vehicles and aircraft fuels
    • Subsidising the development of, for example, hydrogen- and electrically- powered vehicles (where batteries for the latter are charged from non-polluting electricity)
    • Subsidising companies to convert from carbon dioxide-producing to non-polluting processes
    • Taxing companies producing carbon-dioxide
    • Taxing timber that cannot be shown to be from forests that are re-planted with trees of similar species
    • Working with the international community to do all the above throughout the world.
  • Reduce methane emissions, to counteract global warming, by
    • Subsidising more energy-from-waste schemes, including those combining the production of heat and power
    • Managing waste effectively – someone’s waste is someone else’s resource
    • Subsidising more re-cycling and re-use of materials and products
    • Taxing waste put into landfill
    • Promote the production and use of plant sources of protein, such as pulses and nuts,  soya and hemp, thus reducing the number of methane-producing animals.
  • Work with everyone, to combat climate change, to reduce the proportion of atmospheric carbon dioxide to the mid-nineteenth century level of 275 parts per million by volume (ppmv) by
    • Subsidising tree-planting, including the re-afforestation of land, such as the tropical rain forest, cleared for animal rearing
    • Promoting “edible landscaping” i.e. the planting of fruit and nut trees in towns and cities.
  • Reduce the possible effects of climate change, e.g. rise of temperature, changes in rainfall patterns, increased windiness and possible local cooling, by
    • Subsidising changes in forestry and agriculture – draining fields, introducing irrigation, bringing new land into cultivation to maintain and increase food production, as sea level rises and agricultural land is flooded
    • Protecting lands liable to flood as sea levels rise by constructingcoastal defences and making existing ones higher. (Such engineering works may have limited life but they will allow time for populations to be moved and for new agricultural land to be brought into use.)
    • Planning to re-locate residents, factories, offices, roads and railways, as sea level rises
    • Improving water supply, for example by creating canals and pipelines from high to low rainfall areas, by improving water storage both underground and in reservoirs, by the de-salination of sea/salt water and by subsidising rain-water collection
    • Improving or introducing flood-relief schemes
    • Working with the international community to do all the above throughout the world.
  • Reduce other man-produced pollutants by
    • Subsidising companies to convert from polluting to non-polluting processes
    • Taxing the polluters.
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