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.
The brief interlude afforded us by the pandemic, made many aware of how our environment has been affected by human activity, particularly transport. Consequently, many have become more appreciative of the global impact of our individual as well as joint activities as a species. There has been a small shift, a tiny reversal, of some environmental damage which has served to cause some to reconsider the way forward. NOW may well be key to persuading the human race to re- assess and re-model its activities, to determine what actually is essential and wake up to the reality of the impending global disaster. We must look into ALL of the potential technologies as we attempt to move to a 'zero carbon' society, in this Guernsey could be highly innovative and should be.
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.
Over development of 'greenfield' sites, no clear strategy for dealing with derelict property, be it abandoned glasshouses. housing, commercial or other premises. These could either take priority over greenfields for new development, be used as allotments or some other environmentally sound purpose. Disturbance of habitat due to lack of awareness, not just as a consequence of development but also through recreational activities (lack of education of our population).
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.
There has to be a pay off to our general environment and public welfare, when developers are given permission to build anything. Generally they can do as they please, irrespective of the impact on anyone but themselves and their wealthy clients. This must stop as it is neither just, environmentally friendly or of a just nature for the majority, it is a very selfish mindset.
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?
Far greater development of green energy generation, conservation of energy via grants to insulate homes. More carefully considered planning of developments and re-scheduling land and building use (derelict glasshouses for allotments, empty offices for residential use, if appropriate), remove the strain from our natural environment. Designate areas of our land, coastline and sea areas as protected, under clear advice from experts in those fields. Try to innovate rather than believing that we are just a condensed UK.