We should separate the dogma of anthropogenic (man-made) climate change from conservation - care for and protection of the environment. There are environmental emergencies – not least deforestation and marine plastic pollution - but there is no climate emergency.
- Post-Brexit, UKIP would re-establish the successful local drainage supervisory boards run by those most affected by flooding. Farmers and riverside landowners must be allowed to undertake the necessary work on their land to prevent flooding without penalties.
- The Green Belt must be protected in order to preserve our quality of life. The most significant threat to the Green Belt, and the UK environment in general, especially in England, is unsustainable population growth, which is predominantly fuelled by uncontrolled mass immigration.
- UKIP seeks to develop policies that address excessive packaging and the use of plastics where they are detrimental to the environment.
- Household and business waste should be dealt with in the UK, and not shipped abroad to poor countries like Indonesia that cannot deal with it properly. As landfill sites approach capacity, we must increase recycling rates and incineration capacity.
- After leaving the EU, we will uphold high environmental standards that protect our air quality, waterways, woodlands, farmland and other habitats.
- UKIP will protect our woodlands and end the sale and privatisation of woodland managed by The Forestry Commission and National Parks.