CANDIDATES

Thank you to all the candidates who completed the survey.

 

The puffin ratings below are based on their answers to the multiple choice questions we posed to them across three key issues, with four green puffins indicating the best answer down to 1 green puffin indicating the least environmentally friendly option. We did not factor the candidates' free form text answers (visible by clicking 'Read More' to get to their candidate page) into the ratings.

Candidates who did not engage with the survey received zero green puffins.

The States questions also contain informative environmental responses for some candidates:

https://election2020.gg/candidates/answers

Which statement best aligns to your views on the climate crisis?

We should take further steps to tackle climate change and reduce carbon emissions where it's practical and in Guernsey's interests to do so.

Please let us know more about your perspective on the climate crisis in your own words.

The climate crisis is real and it affects us all. But we are a small island with no appreciable heavy industry. We have little or no control over the aircraft that fly overhead or the container vessels that use the nearby Channel shipping lanes. However, I believe our government and indeed every one of us should take steps to do what we can to reduce our climate impact. That could be making fewer car journeys and trying to walk or cycle as an alternative. This is something that I personally do whenever I can. We also need to look at our consumer habits and evaluate carefully whether we really need to buy something new, when a used item, or a repair, would be a better environmental solution.

BIODIVERSITY LOSS

Which statement best aligns to your views on the challenges being faced by local biodiversity?

I believe more effort is needed to protect Guernsey's biodiversity and I consider this to be the responsibility of the Island's great voluntary sector.

Please let us know more about your views on the challenges faced by local biodiversity in your own words.

Biodiversity is vital because Nature and a rich variety of plants and animals are essential to human life and the future of our planet. It concerns me that even on our small island we are losing species and habitats. I firmly believe that education is key here. Not enough people know about biodiversity and its importance and we can address this by putting it into our school curriculum. By appreciating Nature and taking ownership of it we will learn to protect it.

CLIMATE EQUITY

Transitioning to a greener economy could result in major, potentially unequal, social and economic impacts. Which statement best reflects your view of how these should be managed?

Climate change mustn't be used as an excuse for major changes to our economic system (tax, subsidies, regulation, etc) or social policies. I think minor green changes are proportionate and appropriate for a small jurisdiction like Guernsey.

Please let us know more about your perspective on climate equity and transitioning to a greener economy in your own words.

As a small but wealthy island we have a role to play. Finance has made us wealthy and I support current moves to make Guernsey a key player in Green Finance.

THE NEXT 4 YEARS

Where the environment is concerned, what outcomes do you think the States should achieve in the next four years, in your own words?

One of my key manifesto pledges is to do my bit in helping develop a renewable energy sector for Guernsey. Successive States have failed to act on this. We have the natural resources of the sun, the wind and the sea in abundance yet we do nothing with them. We lag behind the rest of Europe in harnessing green energy and this has to change.

Blin, Chris

Independent

CLIMATE CHANGE

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