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Where is the green agenda?

Friday, November 3, 2017 - 10:30

From Tanja Rebel, Cowes:
I WAS surprised to learn the extraordinary IW Council meeting of October 18 covered the Island Corporate Plan, but did not allow for any public questions on said plan. 
As this is such an important document, which deserves all the democratic input it can get, I would have thought it important for any suggestions to be aired and debated in the open and thus for public questions to be welcomed.
This not being the case, I choose the media route to make my ideas heard, in the name of democracy. 
Below are my suggestions for what I would like to see a progressive and enlightened council include in its plan. 
Some suggestions stretch far into the future, but the foundations need to be laid now and should begin with our current leaders. 
Long-term vision for the IW
1) Energy self-sufficiency by 2020 — This creates resilience. We are already energy self-sufficient on sunny days.
2) Blue-rich white light-free Isle by 2022 — This light is harmful to human and wildlife circadian rhythms, road safety and sky glow. 
We have the knowledge and means to change existing harmful blue-rich lights to a more benign hue. 
3) Car-free town centres by 2025 — This will improve air quality in towns and make them more liveable and enjoyable.
4) A comprehensive Island-wide cycle network by 2025 — This would ease congestion and improve people’s health and well-being.
5) 70 per cent food self-sufficiency by 2030 — This would add to resilience and give us fresh food
6) A comprehensive Island-wide train/tram/podcar network by 2035 — This would mark the end of cars flooding the Island.
7) Plastic-free Isle by 2035 — This would save marine life. The IW could become a pioneer.
8) Carbon-neutral Isle by 2040 — A climate saver. Again, the Island could become world leading.
It is time for long-term thinking and, dare I say it, wisdom to re-enter the realm of politics. 
However, this requires bold leadership.
Where there’s a will, there’s a way. We owe it to generations still to come. 

 


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