Wycombe Parliamentary Constituency

Peter Sims

Peter Sims
peter.sims@greenparty.org.uk

  

Peter currently resides in Lane End, having returned to the Chiltern village in which he grew up.

He has a masters degree in electronic engineering, is currently freelance, and has recently co-authored a Green House think tank report ‘Unlocking the Potential of Zero Carbon’. He is currently working on the 'Climate Jobs Project' where he focuses on the transition needed in the Transport, Land, Food and Energy sectors .

He said: "I believe we are currently hitting up against many planetary and societal boundaries such as inequality, pollution, resource consumption and communal infrastructure funding as well as having crossed critical boundaries when it comes to climate change and biodiversity loss. A change of direction is urgently needed, and we must act extremely fast if we want to minimise the impact these threats pose to future generations. We must decide now what sort of country we want England (& the wider UK) to be in 2030 and set ourselves challenging targets to achieve this.

I believes our country sorely needs to reform it's 'democratic' systems. If the last few years have proved anything, it's that our democracy is not fit for the challenges it faces. In England almost all of the power is held by central government, which is a real barrier to implementing a just transition to net-zero. To address this inequality in power England needs devolved regional assemblies to empower local government.

Once we've decided what sort of country we want England to be in 2030, then we can start the transition to get there. The key is focusing on the integrated solutions, those which improve our health and reduce pollution, those which reduce inequality and carbon emissions, those which increase social mobility and biodiversity."

He believes that there is a need to increase diversity among those representing us, so that our government may better represent those it serves. He considers it important that society addresses the underlying causes, rather than just consequences of issues we face. For example, ‘GDP’ or ‘Growth’ is frequently deemed an end goal, which neglects what really matters to both people and society as a whole.

Surely improving the quality of life of people today as well as future generations should be the ultimate target, with the following as intermediate goals:

  • Reducing inequality
  • Increasing social mobility
  • Avoiding dangerous climate change 
 

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