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:
Which statement best aligns to your views on the climate crisis?
We should reach net zero carbon emissions as early as possible (and no later than 2040), and take this opportunity to transform Guernsey into a climate leader and innovator.
Please let us know more about your perspective on the climate crisis in your own words.
Climate change is the biggest existential threat to our planet and therefore to the human race. We have largely ignored it for the last 40 years – a time when we could have made changes that would have averted most, if not all of the problems it is bringing and will continue to bring. In Al Gore’s words, climate change is ‘an inconvenient truth’. Some will say that Guernsey is too small to make any difference. But if every group of 63000 people around the world took that attitude, no progress would be made. We have a moral duty to act.
Which statement best aligns to your views on the challenges being faced by local biodiversity?
I believe urgent action is needed to save Guernsey's biodiversity, and the States should immediately invest more funding to protect it, introducing new legislation as appropriate.
Please let us know more about your views on the challenges faced by local biodiversity in your own words.
Biodiversity in Guernsey is under a greater threat than at any time in recorded history. The reasons for this are many – increased population, pesticide and herbicide use, pollution, habitat loss and more. We can help address many of these issues with changes to the way we manage our gardens and green spaces, coastlines and surrounding seas. But we can’t just expect it to happen. Environmental charities in the island do fantastic work, but the government has a responsibility to lead. The environment must not be regarded as the poor relation or a nice-to-have. We literally depend on it.
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?
We can do more than just avoid unfairness - we can and should use climate action as an opportunity to build a better, fairer society, for example, through green job creation and progressive funding solutions.
Please let us know more about your perspective on climate equity and transitioning to a greener economy in your own words.
Guernsey is a wealthy place by global standards and we have benefitted from many of the things that have led to climate change. We must play our part. Within our own community there is significant inequality and we must ensure that measures adopted to address climate change and biodiversity loss do not widen that gulf, in fact they should be tailored to narrow it so that we achieve two objectives at the same time.
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?
The States must now progress and accelerate the Climate Change Action Plan and the Strategy for Nature. There is no need to start this political term by spending two years writing plans and strategies – it can start with action. The environment needs to be an integral part of all that the States does.