Councillor Sarah Kerr, Liberal Democrat member for Evendons ward and local party spokesperson on the climate emergency and air quality, received news this week that she has passed the accreditation process for ‘Green’ status within the Liberal Democrat party.
“I am delighted to receive the news that I’ve been successful and can now officially call myself a Green Liberal Democrat,” said Cllr Kerr. “I am an avid environmentalist and have spent a large amount of my time since being elected in 2019 on policy development both locally and nationally to tackle the environmental threats we face. I also put aside time to educate myself further on the subject to ensure I can base policy ideas and scrutinise council and government reports onfacts, evidence and the necessary pragmatism.”
The Green Liberal Democrats are an associated organisation within the Liberal Democrats. One of their goals is to promote a green approach to policy formation within the wider party. Amongst their membership are a number ofindustry experts.
Cllr Lindsay Ferris, Leader of the Wokingham Liberal Democrats added that “accredited members of the Green Liberal Democrats have to demonstrate, through an interview process, that they uphold the values of the party through their actions, both personally in their day to day lives, and as campaigners. With the support of colleagues, Sarah has successfully campaigned on getting particulate (PM2.5) air quality monitors and no vehicle idling zones into the borough which will both be installed this Autumn and commitments to develop a car club strategy and introduce green walling at schools. She is also pursuing a number of other campaigns including getting the council to declare an ecological emergency with a number of associated actions to improve nature, the development and implementation of a network of safe and attractive walking and cycling routes that reduce car usage and pushing for measures to retrofit people’s homes to reduce carbon emissions, to name just a few.”
Cllr Lindsay Ferris further added that “Sarah has been working hard for our local community on climate and air quality issues, as well as helping shape our local and national party’s approach. We are so pleased that her hard work and dedication to the cause has been recognised.”
Cllr Kerr concluded that “I am particularly grateful to my colleagues as we work as a team, and the environmental groups and activists in the community who provide insight and a sounding board to help shape our direction. Collectively we can make Wokingham Borough ‘Green to the Core.’”