Climate emergency

Maddy Houghton-Boakes

Climate change is real. As recent flooding across England has demonstrated, it is already taking its toll on the English countryside.

Farming and rural communities are already suffering the effects of wetter winters, more storms, high winds and shifting seasons. As sea levels rise, we’re likely to see dramatic further changes which will have altered our landscapes across Lancashire, Liverpool City Region and Greater Manchester forever.

Our high-carbon economy, based on roads and airport expansion, and energy-wasting buildings, needs to make way for low-carbon, carefully planned development. We have been championing this kind of development for many years. We’re already seeing what will happen if we do not make the switch. We can still halt further destruction, but we need to take action immediately.

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