Nature, Wildlife, Woodland & Our Environment
just to walk. We expect the lights in our hospitals and our schools and our businesses and our homes to turn on when we throw the switch and we want to be warm in winter and cool in summer. We also want enough and cheap food from wherever in the world it may come and we now believe that we have a right to demand strawberries in December if that takes our fancy. All of those requirements, and the power that is needed to sustain and service them, have placed a growing strain upon our environment and the balance between sustainability and desertification is a difficult one to strike.
We do have to generate supplies of fuel if we are to keep our lights on and while solar power and wind power possibly tidal power all have an increasingly important role to play in the equation we need supplies of affordable fuel immediately and we can no longer rely upon, for example, the Middle East or Russia not to hold us to ransom. With concern – justified or otherwise – about the side effects of “fracking” the requirement for a new generation of smaller-scale nuclear power stations is now urgent.
That said, only the most foolhardy can any longer deny the effects of climate change or the contribution that the desecration of Rain Forests and other habitat has made to the global warming that is indubitably one of the greatest challenges facing the future of mankind. I am pleased that my Party is committed to zero net carbon targets and while we have to deal in practicality hope and expect that developing technologies will bring forward the date by which those targets can be realised.
As an active supporter of the Kent Wildlife Trust, as Patron of the Conservative Animal Welfare Foundation and as a supporter of the Conservative Environmental Network it will probably not surprise anyone to know that I believe that there is a clear and pressing need to protect wildlife. I want my family and yours to be able to enjoy the splendour of the trees and the flowers and the birds and the butterflies in the same habitats that I was privileged to grow up in and I do not think that that is too much to ask however urban we may have allowed ourselves to become.
In the rural community from which I originate they say that you should live as if you were going to die tomorrow and that you should farm as if you were going to live forever. Those are wise words. We are the custodians, only, of our planet, of our forests and farmlands and of the seas around our island shores. We have a duty to pass that inheritance on to our children and our grandchildren in good order and with, now, five grandchildren that is a responsibility that I take very seriously indeed.
In today`s world there is a constant tension between our environment and our needs and wants as an industrialised and urbanised society. We expect to be able to travel easily from A to B and to do that we need roads and cards and trains and aircraft and the airports that go with them as well as bicycles and the ability