Friday, 29 November 2019

Environmental impact of Dane John Ice Rink not considered by Council

Some may cast as killjoys those who criticise the Council's provision of an ice rink in the Dane John Gardens from 29th November to 1st January, but our awareness of the climate emergency facing us must surely give us pause when we see the truly shocking environmental impact it will have.

Apart from requiring 46,000 litres of precious water, this operation will be using two diesel generators to provide power to the rink and food concessions, consuming between 60,000 and 90,000kWh of electricity - enough to fuel 20 homes for a year. Diesel fuel emits harmful particulates as well as nitrogen dioxide, both contributing to the kind of air pollution which particularly damages children's health, restricting their lung development. Moreover, 40,000 deaths a year are attributed to air pollution in this country.

Our Council has been forced to admit it did not consider the environmental impact of the ice rink, even though it declared a climate emergency in July. It claims that, from next year, it will be installing an electricity supply for events in the Dane John, which will reduce their carbon footprint somewhat, but surely this should have been a precondition for having the ice rink in the first place. And they haven’t even mentioned the need for some mitigation measures, such as planting trees to offset all the emissions involved.

Ice skating can be fun, no denying it. If you’re going to buy tickets for the one in the Dane John or not, we could all reduce harm to the environment this Christmas. Some ideas might be:

·         choosing recycled and recyclable wrapping paper and decorations; 
·         buying Fair Trade and ethically sourced products;
·         buying from local independent traders where possible;
·         choosing to walk, cycle, or take public transport instead of the car; 
·         choosing to use rechargeable batteries if items need batteries;
·         improving insulation in your home and turning down your heating to conserve energy;
·         recycling all you are able to.

These small changes can be done easily and, if we all do them, it can have a big impact.

Thursday, 14 November 2019


At a meeting last night, members of Canterbury District Green Party decided that they would not stand a candidate in a general election in the current political circumstances.
The party will not be entering into any kind of deal, pact or alliance with any other party, and does not endorse any other party.
Henry Stanton, Green Party spokesperson, said, "The Green Party - unlike other political parties - places local democracy and local parties at the heart of its operations. In this instance, members voted not to stand a general election candidate. The local party will instead be focussing efforts on campaigning to save the Wincheap wet woodland and water meadows, improve public transport and clean up Canterbury and Whitstable’s dirty air.”
Elsewhere, the Green Party is standing in the vast majority of seats for the General Election, and we encourage those who can to vote Green to put the climate crisis front and centre of this election.

Monday, 23 September 2019

Greens address Whitstable Climate Strike marchers

Several Green Party members were able to join marchers on the Climate Strike in Whitstable last Friday. Alex Stevens spoke on behalf of Greens and Nicole David on behalf of Plastic-Free Whitstable.


Green Party members Nicole David (centre) and Clare Williamson (left)
on the 20th September Climate Strike March in Whitstable

Saturday, 21 September 2019

Reclaim our right to live

Canterbury District Green Party members marched with the hundreds of young protesters yesterday during the Climate Strike. Here's the scene in Canterbury's Butter Market:

Protesters congregate outside the Cathedral and demand action be taken by the government to tackle climate change. (17056558)

Watch clips from the worldwide Climate Strike, the biggest mass movement in history, here:

Tuesday, 10 September 2019

Climate Strike, Friday 20th September, Canterbury, 11am-2pm

The Green Party will be supporting this initiative by schoolchildren and teachers in Canterbury with our local party banner. 

Join this demonstration at St George’s Clocktower at 11am and bring your own banners. Find flyers, posters etc at 

Wednesday, 17 April 2019

Green Party pact with the Lib Dems 

Local Lib Dems and Greens have made a reciprocal electoral pact for the Council elections on 2nd May. Each party has agreed that, in certain wards where the other party has more chance of gaining votes, they will not stand a candidate, or only one candidate in a three-seat ward.

In announcing the agreement, Nigel Whitburn, Chair of the local Lib Dems, said: "Our two parties feel obliged to make this arrangement in view of the fact that local, county and national elections still use the First Past The Post system, which has resulted in gross distortions of the vote. 

"For example, in the last local elections in 2015 the Conservatives got only 39% of the vote overall but 79% of the seats; the other parties (Labour, Lib Dems, UKIP and Greens) got 61% of the vote but only 21% of the seats. This is clearly an outdated and unrepresentative system, which both Lib Dems and Greens have opposed for many years."

Pat Marsh, Coordinator of local Greens, commented: "We regret that our agreement means that in some wards our supporters won’t have the opportunity of voting Green. However, we urge them to vote for Mike Sole in Nailbourne, who proved his green credentials when he was previously a councillor."

"Far more councillors from ‘progressive’ parties are required on Canterbury City Council to make it truly representative of voters in the District," added Mike Sole.

"That’s why we're employing the only tactic open to us to try to achieve better representation," commented Alex Stevens, Green candidate for Gorrell. "We hope for voters’ understanding and cooperation in this," he added. "And in the meantime we continue to campaign for proportional representation for future elections."

Wednesday, 9 January 2019

Extinction Rebellion brings Canterbury traffic to a halt

For a group which was set up only a couple of months ago, Extinction Rebellion has already had a significant impact in this country and on Saturday, 5th January it made its presence felt in Canterbury.

Some hundred campaigners blocked the traffic on St Peter's Place around the West Gate for seven minutes at a time up to 2.30pm, with a large banner stating: Climate Change: 12 Years to Save Earth.

A number of Canterbury District Greens have joined Extinction Rebellion and were involved in Saturday's protest. As the local Green Party, we wish to express solidarity with all those involved. We wholeheartedly support the Rebellion's key aim of creating a world that is fit for generations to come.

The UN warns we have just 12 years to avoid climate catastrophe. A new report shows we’ve destroyed 60% of all wildlife in the last 40 years. 

Conventional politics has failed us. That’s why we need to take alternative steps to ensure governments do what is required to save our planet and ourselves. We applaud the work of Extinction Rebellion and all those who took part on Saturday.