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 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.

The climate crisis is, and has been, a great concern to me for a long time and I think it now is one of the primary concerns of today. Unfortunately, growing up seeing real change seemed unattainable to me and a climate catastrophe seemed inevitable. Having seen the initiatives in recent years my outlook has thankfully improved. I see addressing our role in combating the crisis as a top priority for Guernsey because we really can be a leading jurisdiction and an inspiration to others. Climate change has the potential to be devastating for future generations, especially in an island community, so I feel that if we aren't to take the opportunity we have to do our part in improving the outcome then we are disenfranchising the youth of the present and future.

BIODIVERSITY LOSS

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.

The environmental hustings really opened my eyes to how overlooked and unprotected our local biodiversity has been. I think it is time for us to change that drastically to reduce irreversible damage as much as possible. We need to be attentive to the effects of developments to biodiversity alongside focusing on implementation of more programs to protect, research and educate islanders on the importance of biodiversity. If we can foster an aware community on the issue, I believe we can see a huge attitude change that will drive more acceptance for initiatives that support biodiversity.

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 action, economic and social justice are closely linked. I would strongly support equitable policies which don't put the financial burden of climate change on lower- and middle-income households.

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

Climate equity is a necessary consideration when it comes to making the transition that we must see in our near future. We have a responsibility as a society to ensure that we do not disproportionately apply pressure to the lower income sections of our society. We need to take serious care ensuring that any action plan for the implementation of greener practices includes steps to create the most productive green economy for our society.

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?

I think we could begin implementing a better transport strategy that favours greener transport and see a reduced carbon footprint from travel. Improved permissions for renewable energy, allowing renewable energy solutions to be implemented locally and move towards becoming a net carbon zero jurisdiction as soon as possible. Establishing a centre for nature to act as a hub from which to launch conservation projects and education.

Macksoni, Josh

The Guernsey Partnership of Independents

CLIMATE CHANGE

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