Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Ed Davey, answered questions at a packed public meeting on Wednesday night, at the Birchwood Centre in Muswell Hill.
The meeting, organised by local Liberal Democrat MP Lynne Featherstone, gave local residents the chance to discuss environmental issues and green policy.
Residents raised concerns and questions about fracking, renewable energy, consumerism, progress on international climate agreements, and more.
The Secretary of State responded to the questions, and spoke about the Lib Dem record of delivery on green issues during this Government, including: the creation of 200,000 new green jobs by investing in renewable energy; doubling the amount of electricity generated from offshore wind; and planting 1 million new trees in England.
The Liberal Democrat manifesto for the 2015 election will include plans for five new green laws to protect the environment – including legal targets for clean air and water, an end to dirty coal power stations and an ambitious decarbonisation target for the electricity sector.
Lynne Featherstone MP commented:
“It was great to see so many local residents at the meeting and interested in green issues. I’d also like to thank the Secretary of State, Ed Davey, for updating us on all the work he’s doing to push the green agenda in Government
“As can be seen from our record of delivery, and the five ‘green laws’ in our next manifesto, the Liberal Democrats are the only major party that is putting climate change at the top of the agenda. Indeed – we were the first party to talk about climate change in Parliament – back in the 1980s when the environment was an unpopular issue.
“I hope to hold further public meetings with ministers, and will keep local residents updated when dates are set.”
One local resident tweeted:
“Excited! Climate change is taken seriously by @lfeatherstone @EdwardDaveyMP at the public meeting in Muswell Hill!”