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 Climate change is a real issue for me. It’s affecting every country in every part of the world. Economies and lives are disrupted, and the cost of this to people, communities and countries is rising far more rapidly than the sea levels are. And as always it is the poorest and most vulnerable who bear the brunt. Greenhouse gas emissions caused by human activity are at their highest levels in history. And it doesn’t have to be this way, it is not inevitable. we can change it. We must commit to deliver on our carbon reduction targets, recognising the challenges of living on an island where most of what we use and buy has to be shipped or flown to us. We’ve got to improve the energy efficiency of our homes, make more use of locally produced green energy, increase the uptake of electric vehicles, & encourage active travel. And while we are doing this we have to make sure we’re not leaving people behind and that as we move on to cleaner fuels we support people for whom change, albeit for the good of our environment, seems unaffordable.
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 main threats worldwide are population growth - and linked to this housing demands, climate change and global warming, habitat change and urbanisation and invasive alien species. We have a unique environment which we barely understand the extent of. We need to make space for research, protection and conservation.
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.
A carrot and stick approach is needed here. And where we use the stick - (perhaps in financial penalty for those who’s rich resource has come at the expense of the environment) we should use the funds this makes available to create the carrot those with less deep pockets will find helpful - through support to create greener homes, the creation of jobs in this new world etc
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?
As part of our build back better process and in order to truly revive and thrive we should build the CENTRE and then properly invest in it and the strategy for nature. These need to be a part of our community- not a castle on a hill, our children and our general population should see this as a place to come, to learn and to work, contributing to what we know about our environment and benefitting from the exposure to nature and the affirmation that comes with contributing to something bigger than oneself.