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Mebyon Kernow

Mebyon Kernow the Party for Cornwall: http://www.mebyonkernow.org/

Policies:

Environment

"More people than ever suffer poverty, hunger, environmental devastation, war and repression. Globalisation has surged forward. The gap between rich and poor grows wider every day. Climate change continues unabated. Vital bio-diversity resources are being dangerously depleted. A study published by the National Academy of Sciences in June 2003 showed that human beings are using about 25% more natural resources than the Earth can replenish. Over a billion people are still without clean drinking water. More than 8% of children born in developing countries die before their first birthday. The poorest 40% of people have access to a mere 11% of the world's resources."

Plaid Cymru MEP Jill Evans

There is a reality. We live in a world of great inequality, with considerable wealth in many Western countries, offset by abject poverty in the less developed countries. We also live in a world facing real environmental crises, with threats from global warming, acid rain, ozone depletion and the continuing decline in bio-diversity.

These environmental threats are recognised by all, but mainstream political parties throughout Europe and the World have failed to properly tackle the issues of sustainability, pollution, climate change and social justice/trade justice. At the 2002 Johannesburg Earth Summit, many countries placed short-term and parochial self-interest ahead of the planet.

Unsustainability is truly global and will need action at worldwide as well as local levels. To achieve real sustainability we must foster radical changes to every aspect of our lives - how we live, how we consume, etc., to rebuild sustainable and equitable communities. That means decisive action by governments as well by individuals.

Mebyon Kernow is committed to strong environmental measures, to promote real sustainability and equity throughout the world, both North and South. These include:-

Implementation of a strengthened Kyoto Protocol and a strong campaign to persuade all countries to sign up to it.

Support for all initiatives to tackle global poverty through the cancellation of third world debt, increased aid to the developing world and an end to unfair trade rules.

New policies aimed at cutting energy consumption and pollution, while at the same time encouraging more environmentally sound measures, such as:-

Integrated transport policy with improved public transport and rail services. More freight on rail and the increased transport of people and goods by sea.

Alternative energy technologies, for which Cornwall is ideally placed, and to end present reliance on fossil fuels and nuclear power. Organic farming, to promote quality and healthy local produce.

A decentralised, self-reliant and sustainable economy which provides local needs as locally as possible, within an awareness of global environmental problems. A local economy would reduce levels of long-distance travel and reduce dependence on imports, and provide the basic framework for a sustainable society.

Opposition to genetically modified crops.

Destruction of all nuclear weapons.

A zero waste strategy aiming at the elimination of landfilling and incineration, which invests in the radical reduction of waste generated by industry, business and households and increases reuse and recycling. This will aid the economy by increasing business efficiency and enabling Cornwall to promote itself as among the worlds leading Green economies.

Tolerance

Mebyon Kernow - the Party for Cornwall believes that respect for individuals, communities and peoples should lie at the very core of the political philosophy of all progressive political movements.

And yet, the "pre-election" atmosphere of early 2005 has been characterised by the unsavoury spectacle of the two main London parties, and various rightwing groups, squabbling over the issues of immigration and asylum.

Instead of working to promote tolerance and compassion in our society, they have preferred to focus on the intolerance spouted by the tabloid press for their own political advantage.

We must all work towards real equality, which will benefit all society, eliminating out-dated attitudes and stereotypes, allowing all members of our communities the freedom to live their lives as they choose.

Racism is an evil that can be found in all societies and Cornwall is no exception. Mebyon Kernow - the Party for Cornwall pledges full and unequivocal support for stiff sentences for race and hate crimes. There is no place in the Cornish community for any type of discrimination.