15 January 2010
Severe weather warnings throughout the area and 5,000 homes without electricity in Devon and Cornwall are showing voters across the South West the kind of conditions that will only get worse in the near future.
‘The effects of climate change are becoming more and more visible and the evidence is simply incontrovertible,’ said Ricky Knight, lead Green candidate for the South West 2009 European Elections and Parliamentary Candidate for North Devon. ‘We can expect extreme weather conditions at any time of the year with the seasons being increasingly out of kilter. Meanwhile, all the Government is doing is re-arranging the furniture, talking the talk but steadfastly refusing to grasp the nettle of legislative change.
‘We hope that the new government climate change committee with its potential powers to take court action against MPs who do not meet emissions targets will actually live up to expectations. Unfortunately, judging from past experience, I will not be holding my breath.
‘The kind of weather we are experiencing at the moment is only set to worsen over the coming decades, and it is vitally important that sound environmental legislation is adopted to combat the massive damage that climate change will cause, particularly in areas like the South West, where so much of our economy is centred around low-lying, vulnerable coastal areas.’