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Lib Dems launch vision for plastic free Scotland and tackling the climate

November 19, 2019 10:54 AM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Scottish Liberal Democrat campaign chair Alex Cole-Hamilton has today outlined the party's plans for a plastic free Scotland and tackling the climate emergency as he took part in a canoe litter-pick down the Water of Leith in Edinburgh.

The Liberal Democrats want to ban non-recyclable single-use plastics and replace them with affordable alternatives, aiming for their complete elimination within three years, as a first step towards ending the 'throwaway society' culture and an ambition to end plastic exports by 2030.

A Liberal Democrat government would also:

Generate 80% of UK electricity from renewables by 2030

Establish a UK-wide climate citizens assembly

Ensure all new cars are electric within a decade

Ban Fracking

Establish a new Green Investment Bank

Alex Cole-Hamilton said:

"Though ecological awareness is growing, as a society we are still too dependent on wasteful plastics. This waste makes its way into our rivers and seas and pollutes our natural environment.

"Both the Scottish and UK government have a responsibility to protect our environment but they are still contributing to dangerous levels of waste and failing to lead by example.

"We need to act before it is too late. There is no Planet B.

"The Liberal Democrats led the way in tackling plastic waste last time we were in government with the plastic bag levy. Now we want to build on the success of that policy and deliver a plastic free Scotland by eliminating single-use plastics within three years.

"That's just one example of how a Liberal Democrat government led by Jo Swinson would tackle the climate emergency and build a brighter future."