Manchester Friends of the Earth welcomes the high-level of cross-party support from candidates for urgent action on key environmental issues facing us locally, nationally and worldwide.
So far, 337 (31%) of the 1088 local candidates have replied and responded to the survey.
* 97% supported the proposal from Andy Burnham, GM Mayor, that Greater Manchester should adopt the Tyndall Centre’s science-based carbon budgets, set targets to half the region’s emissions in the next five years and become carbon neutral by 2038.
* 99% agreed that their local authority should phase-out of single-use plastics by 2020.
* 96% supported their local council allocating funding to implement the walking and cycling (active travel) measures contained in Chris Boardman’s ‘Made to Move’ report.
* 96% supported a ban on the use of neonicotinoid pesticides in their local council area and to work to phase out the use of other pollinator-harming pesticides.
* 88% supported the introduction of a GM-wide building standard for all new developments to be zero-carbon and climate resilient.
* 87% agreed that the Greater Manchester Pension Fund should fully divest from fossil fuels in the next five years.
* 81% would call on their local council to introduce ‘parking exclusion zones’ around local schools at peak times.
* 67% supported the introduction of a cap on emissions from flights to and from Manchester Airport.