Climate Change, Environmental Protection and Animal Welfare
Climate change, animal welfare and the protection of the environment are key policy issues that I believe all parliamentarians should consider a priority. Climate change is causing mass migration of people which also links closely with exploitation and modern slavery.
That’s why I’ve been working hard to champion environmental protection, use of renewable energy, habitat conservation and animal welfare from the very beginning of my time as your MP.
You can read the back story and my latest updates below.
Adjournment Debate on the scale of concentrated animal feeding operations – 12th November 2018
Climate Change: Extreme Weather Backbench Business Committee Debate – 13th November 2018
Follow Darren’s work on the environment, animal welfare and climate change:
- In February, Darren sponsored an amendment to the Agriculture Bill calling on those knowingly processing, transporting, selling and consuming dog and cat meat to be punished with up to a 6 month jail sentence.
- In December, Darren continued to question the government’s decision to reduce, and in some cases remove, financial incentives to purchase ultra-low emissions cars.
- In November, Darren held two debates in the House of Commons. The first on the scale of concentrated animal feeding operations (also known as factory farming) and the second on climate change and extreme weather events. Darren also signed a letter calling on the Prime Minister to implement a target of reaching no net greenhouse gases by 2050.
- In October, Darren slammed government for reducing financial incentives to purchase electric and plug-in hybrid cars .
- In September, Darren challenged the Leader of the House to explain what evidence had been provided, in advance of the decision to remove tolls from the Severn Bridge, to enable to government understand, assess and mitigate the impact on Bristol’s traffic and air pollution levels.
- In September, Darren highlighted climate change in the House of Commons (video) during a debate on ‘Global Britain’ and called for a ban of fur imports and an end to dog fighting.
- In late August, Darren supported the calls for a marine protected area in the Weddell Sea.
- In August, Darren shared his continued concern about the lack of investment in North Bristol’s infrastructure and the impact on air pollution levels following news that the Department of Transport estimates 16,000 extra cars will use Bristol roads every day due to removal of the Severn Bridge Tolls.
- In July, Darren championed the value of local parks and open spaces by meeting with Avon Wildlife Trust at Lawrence Moors and attending a wildlife walk with the Friends of Lamplighters Marsh in Shirehampton. Darren also nominated the group for a Groundworks Award to further their habitat preservation work.
- In May, Darren wrote to members of the Local Enterprise Partnership (who make decisions on transport funding alongside the West of England Combined Authority (WECA) Mayor, Tim Bowles) and WECA Regional Mayor calling for a Transport Fund of at least £50m – including significant investment in sustainable travel to help reduce air pollution, traffic gridlock and reliance on cars. You can follow Darren’s work on reducing gridlock and infrastructure improvements to Bristol North West here.
- In April, Darren called for legislation to reduce plastic pollution.
- In February 2018, Darren met the Environment Agency to talk about flood risk in Bristol North West, tidal energy and regulated industries in the Avonmouth area. Darren also backed a plastic-free parliament.
- In January 2018, Darren signed a cross-party letter to call on supermarkets to reduce their plastic waste and hosted a meeting to support the roll-out of district heating in Bristol. District heating helps to reduce use of fossil fuels and fuel poverty. Darren also supported Big Energy Saving Week.
- In December 2017, Darren called on the Parliamentary Pension Fund to go fossil-free and drop investments in oil, coal and gas companies. Darren also called on government to support Great British Ocean’s Back the Blue Belt campaign. Darren also called on constituents to reduce energy usage and save on their bills.
- In November 2017, Darren shared his views on the use of neonicotinoids and protection of bees.