Chester Labour candidate, Chris Matheson, today addressed a large crowd at Chester Cross to announce his Green New Deal for Chester.
If re-elected, Mr Matheson intends for Chester to lead the way, and show how both climate change and inequality can be tackled through shared prosperity.
As other Climate Strike events took place in cities across the UK, here in Chester Mr Matheson said:
“The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change made it clear that we need to act on climate change in the next twelve years or forever miss the opportunity to do anything about it. We – the people here in this crowd and our friends and family at home – have a once in a generation opportunity to make a difference. And I want our city to be at the forefront of that change.”
Mr Matheson paid tribute to the work of local groups and organisations including Chester Zoo, Just Footprints, the ForEST Group, Friends of the Earth, Plastic Free Chester and Transition Chester. He outlined how their local work is setting an example to the country.
Mr Matheson expanded on his plans for Chester, saying:
“Locally our Green New Deal means fighting for funding to make sure we can build a world-first hydrogen network, powering buses and trains as far away as Manchester and Liverpool and generating clean economic growth for our borough.
“The Cheshire Science corridor and energy research at Chester Universities Thornton Science Park is creating world class technology for the future and with the right investment and support, we could be exporting Cheshire’s ideas and innovations around the world. Our industrial areas to the North East of Chester and in Ellesmere Port are amongst the highest carbon producing clusters in the country. I am backing the plans to investigate large scale carbon capture and storage across these sites, so we can transition towards a carbon free future without increasing the carbon in our atmosphere.
“My Green New Deal is about creating a green economy which makes Chester more prosperous. Climate change is a threat – but it is also an opportunity for us to learn from each other, work together and live healthier and more enriched lives. The green industrial revolution needs to start somewhere, why not in Chester? Somebody needs to start it – why not us?”