ENVIRONMENT & WASTE
Passionate about our environment locally and globally, Dean is working to end the use of single use plastic and support initiatives to end waste (including food waste) across Watford.
My Passion For The Environment
I have been passionate about the environment for as long as I can remember. From campaigning against the use of CFC's at school, through to litter picking. I truly believe we can all play our part in protecting our environment, whether that be keeping our streets clean, protecting our oceans and wildlife through to tackling climate change, with small changes in behaviour.
Since being elected I have held online community zooms to meet local constituents passionate about our environment and also volunteered alongside organisations and community groups.
During the past few years, I undertook several charity missions to the Philippines jungle to help a charity build a village for families who lost everything during the devastating Typhoon Haiyan. Whilst the typhoon cannot be directly linked to climate change, the devastation that a natural disaster can have on communities was clear even years later and so was the devastating cost in lives and economically. Surely, if we have an opportunity now to avoid such devastation in the future we should do what we can to do so. Even for those who do not believe in climate change, there is no doubt of the negative impact of plastic pollution in our oceans and in the air. I believe the UK has an opportunity to lead the world through a positive approach to innovation, industry and policy.
Additionally, during the pandemic it has been clear that part of the challenge we face is tackling food waste. I have been privileged to work side-by-side volunteering with some inspirational organisations across Watford who have been actively supporting local families during the pandemic in addition to government activities.
Later this year the UK will be hosting COP26 which will provide further opportunities for us to set out an ambitious yet deliverable approach for leading the way on the environment.
As we emerge from lockdown I intend to host more local community events to explore how we can all improve our local environment. That includes a new campaign I will be launching soon to help bring the town together to eradicate waste across Watford
Launching A Watford Waste Strategy
Dean will be announcing his ambitious Watford Food Waste strategy to support families and reduce waste across our town including reducing the use of single use plastic.
Details will be announced soon. Sign up to Dean's newsletter to keep up to date with his latest announcements.
Tackling Pollution Across Watford
Dean was pleased to join the Keep Britain Tidy and pledge to make a real difference to our environment and people’s wellbeing.
Following the event, Dean shared:
"There is no doubt climate change is one of the biggest issues we face. Every year over 300 million tonnes of plastic are produced, with around 50% of this is single-use.
I want to work across Watford to tackle issues that affect us now and in the future. That includes tackling litter through to ending the use of single-use plastic across our town.
I fully back the work of the Government to tackle the use of harmful plastics, this includes a world-leading ban on microbeads, consulting on introducing a deposit return scheme to drive up the recycling of single-use drinks containers, and committing to a ban on the export of polluting plastic waste to non-OECD countries."
Ten Point Green Plan
In 2020, the Prime Minister laid out his new ambitious ten point plan to create a Green Industrial Revolution – which will create and support hundreds of thousands of jobs across the UK.
The blueprint of his Green Industrial Revolution Blueprint is built around the UK’s strengths and industrial heartlands to level up and Build Back Greener, with new investment as part of £12 billion mobilised, with potentially more than three times as much from the private sector.
The Prime Minister’s blueprint will allow the UK to forge ahead with eradicating its contribution to climate change by 2050.
The Green Industrial Revolution will especially cover clean energy, transport, nature and innovative technologies. This will be particularly crucial in the run up to the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow next year.
The plan will mobilise £12 billion of government investment to create and support up to 250,000 highly-skilled green jobs in the UK, and spur over three times as much private sector investment by 2030.
Read the full strategy in the PDF document or visit here for more information.
Dean is actively involved in the community and is leading local and national campaigns and initiatives to make a difference for people across Watford and around the UK. Use the links below to find out more. If you don't see something important to you, let Dean know via a quick community survey here.