Carrick Gazette letters

energy targets

Relief at last

News that the European Commission has decided to bow to reality and scrap binding EU-wide renewable energy targets from 2020 should come as a welcome relief to the many millions of beleaguered energy consumers here in Britain who have borne the burden of subsidising expensive, inefficient and nearly entirely useless renewable energy technologies like wind.

No doubt British industry will also be breathing a sigh of relief and looking forward to competing again on an even playing field against their competitors from Asia and America.

It’s a shame that it has taken the Commission this long to realise its error in committing to these foolish targets in the first place. We must hope that the tide is now turning against the dominant green energy orthodoxy in Europe and towards a more sensible approach to meeting our energy needs.

The fact that the Commission has also published guidelines for the exploitation of shale gas is also encouraging and demonstrates clearly that they realise the huge gains for Europe in creating jobs, slashing gas prices and cutting CO2 emissions.

Flexibility is key in the fight against climate change and it is heartening to see the Commission finally recognise this.

Struan Stevenson MEP

Brussels

marine litter

Biggest ever spring clean

Surfers Against Sewage (SAS) has just launched a Crowdfunding appeal to raise vital funds for its growing marine litter campaigns and to deliver the biggest ever Big Spring Beach Clean initiative involving communities nationwide this March. Surfers Against Sewage’s Marine Litter Crisis Crowdfunding Appeal aims to raise at least £5,000 to contribute to its award-winning marine litter campaigns and help train, equip and support 3,000 community volunteers nationwide at over 150 events.

To pledge your support to this campaign go to - www.crowdfunder.co.uk/the-big-spring-beach-clean.

The recent storms dumped vast quantities of plastics and other marine litter on UK beaches, showing the true scale of the problem facing our coastal environments and communities. The Big Spring Beach Clean will take place from 28th to 31st March and aims to facilitate at least 150 beach cleans involving 3,000 volunteers spanning all coastal constituencies and removing a minimum of 10 tonnes of debris from our precious beaches.

Surfers Against Sewage is working at community, corporate and government level to tackle the growing tide of marine litter that washes up on UK beaches every year. This Spring SAS will be publishing a new marine litter report and five year action plan to map out the radical solutions that could help dramatically reduce marine litter levels by 2020.

The marine litter crisis is a catastrophic environmental issue hitting beautiful beaches right around the UK. It poses an unprecedented threat to marine wildlife, coastal habitats and our enjoyment of these unique spaces. The SAS Big Spring Beach Clean empowers communities and educates the public on how we can all play our part in turning the tide or marine litter, please pledge your support today!

Sadly, the springtime reveals the true severity of the marine litter crisis. The impact of winter storms and in the absence of seasonal council beach cleaning operations, the accumulation of litter can be truly shocking.

Hugo Tagholm,

SAS Chief Executive