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Our Environment

Climate change is the most pressing problem we face in the world today. Every time we turn on the TV or read the news the effects of climate change and the impact of global warming are all too clear. Whether it is lethal storms and floods in New Orleans, disappearing glaciers and fatal heat waves in mainland Europe, or severe droughts in Africa. Even on our own doorstep the impact of global warming is difficult to ignore with plants and flowers blooming earlier year on year and freak weather conditions more and more common.

Because of this, it is important that we all do everything we can to help conserve energy and cut back on our emissions in order to tackle this problem. Throughout this parliament I will be making the environment a key issue for my work both in the constituency and at Westminster.

The Liberal Democrats pride ourselves on being a green party with our policies having a green backbone running through them. Check out this section of the website to keep up to date with my ‘green’ activities in parliament and in the constituency and to find useful information on the things we can all do to improve our environment.


Top 10 energy saving tips

Liberal Democrats and the environment

Liberal Democrats – Climate Change

Liberal Democrats – No to Nuclear Power

The Green Liberal Democrats

Offset your emissions, become carbon neutral

Friends of the Earth Scotland's advice for greening your home

Sign up for ‘green’ electricity

South Queensferry beach clean

News items

Barrett attacks the real cost of nuclear power, 06 November 2009
Barrett backs 10:10 campaign to meet climate targets, 21 October 2009
Time to release renewable energy potential, 06 July 2009
Barrett presses Brown on high speed rail pledge, 20 May 2009
High Speed Rail could not be delivered in an independent Scotland, 14 May 2009
Barrett turns up the heat on high speed rail, 28 January 2009
Richer countries must take responsibility for takling climate change, 22 January 2009
Barrett calls for ambition to deliver high speed rail, 24 November 2008
Barrett welcomes ‘second environmental U-turn in as many weeks’, 28 October 2008
Carbon exemption for aviation and shipping will undermine climate change fight, 17 October 2008
Nuclear power would ‘hi-jack renewables’, 01 May 2008
Nuclear decision risks ‘undermining renewables’, 08 January 2008
Barrett slams Government spin over nuclear consultation, 07 January 2008
Barrett urges Edinburgh to make a green New Year’s resolution, 02 January 2008
Barrett urges Edinburgh to make a green New Year’s resolution, 31 December 2007
Barrett welcomes news that humpback whale hunt is called off, 27 December 2007
Climate Change Bill should be tougher, 15 November 2007
Barrett backs packaging cuts, 23 October 2007
Barrett criticises Government over ‘lack of ambition’ on high speed rail, 24 July 2007
Barrett steps up pressure for Marine Bill, 08 June 2007
Barrett slams Government over lack of ambition for renewable energy, 07 June 2007
Government nuclear plans will undermine renewables revolution, 22 May 2007
Barrett calls for fairer, greener budget from Brown , 20 March 2007
Climate change bill needs real year on year targets , 13 March 2007
Barrett criticises Government over nuclear folly, 22 February 2007
Barrett has bright idea for bulb ban, 22 February 2007
Barrett calls for new approach to aviation, 14 December 2006
Barrett calls on Minister to block ship to ship oil transfer decision, 20 November 2006
Barrett teams up with Queen to tackle climate change, 16 October 2006
Barrett makes case for Anglo-Scottish high speed rail link , 11 October 2006
Barrett lays down climate change challenge ahead of emissions summit, 04 October 2006
Barrett backs local food campaign, 30 August 2006
Barrett turns up heat on high-speed Edinburgh to London rail link, 29 August 2006
Barrett calls on ministers to block ship to ship oil transfer decision, 17 July 2006
New Development White Paper must follow through on G8 promises, 13 July 2006
Nuclear ‘not the answer’ – Barrett, 11 July 2006
Barrett backs moves against ‘quick fix’ nuclear build, 10 July 2006
Barrett warns against nuclear future for Scotland, 19 June 2006
Barrett attacks Darling over lack of environmental ambition , 27 March 2006
Barrett slams Tories over climate change Bill, 17 March 2006
Government should listen to its own advisors on nuclear power, 06 March 2006
Barrett urges energy saving measures as energy price hikes start to bite, 01 March 2006
Barrett backing ‘one bin day’, 21 February 2006
Nuclear is not the answer for Scotland , 18 January 2006
Nuclear is not the answer, 29 November 2005
Barrett signs up for energy saving week, 24 October 2005
Petrol Price shock shows importance of LPG, 14 September 2005
Barrett and Smith launch response to airport masterplan consultation, 31 August 2005
Climate change must be a top G8 priority – Barrett, 30 June 2005
Barrett calls for high speed rail link to curb short haul flights , 22 June 2005

Speeches and articles

Future Energy Needs (Scotland), 01 December 2005
Climate Change (G8 Summit), 29 June 2005

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