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.
I have been fighting for environmental causes in government since 2004 and led the development of the waste strategy which resulted in a world-leading 73% recycle rate (thus far). It is essential every community of 65,000 people take part in tacking this emergency together.
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.
Areas need more protection to recover from the impact of humans. The last 80 years have seen unprecedented levels of expansion over Guernsey land and this needs to be brought to a halt. Redevelopment of existing sites to increase housing stock, if needed, should be our goal, not further expansion over green sites. We need to give nature a chance to recuperate.
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.
It is by far the greatest issue facing us. As its effects ramp up, the movement of people across the globe will increase and financial costs will expand. The cost of doing something now versus the longer term costs to our societies is far lower and it is in our best interests to take action now. It was in our best interest to take action 20 years ago but successive States of Guernsey have been short-sighted, wishing to invest little in the environment. The 16 year journey to put in place a modern environmentally-friendly solution to our waste problem should have taken half that time giving politicians the ability to focus on other environmental issues which have been missed, now we have to play catch up. The Climate Action Plan and Strategy for nature will give the next Assembly the impetus they need to begin work right away instead of arguing for years and they deserve our thanks for that at least.
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?
A factoring in to all States decisions of the environmental impact. In a way that the famous floor-sweeper at NASA was 'helping put a man on the moon', we need to see a switch in our policies to put this at the forefront of our minds. In specific terms, increase commercial and industrial recycling, protect sensitive natural areas, move the environment higher up the priorities list.