A recent survey of showed that 74% of people across the region are concerned about environmental issues - easy to see from the number of local groups working to protect our rivers, trees and soil.
It's not surprising given what we hear every day about global warming and the depletion of nature across the world.
Liberal Democrats care deeply about the environment and have been campaigning on green issues at South Hams District Council for many years.
We pushed for all new housing developments to include more green space for people and room for nature. We were also instrumental in getting £500,000 allocated by the council to address climate change and biodiversity, and helped set up Sustainable South Hams to coordinate change.
Although SHDC declared a climate emergency and has a commitment to net zero, it does not have effective policies to get there and too little progress has been made. In contrast the Liberal Democrat vision and manifesto for SHDC includes a comprehensive green agenda with clear policies and goals:
We want the South Hams to be a leader in environmental and biodiversity policies. Together with the passion of local community groups, the knowledge of local experts and the support of the 74%, we aim to get there.
For more information, see our manifesto here.