Cover the roofs of all bus/tram/train stations & all public buildings with 'bee/butterfly-friendly' plants

Posted on 15-07-19 by Shoayb Number of votes: 0 | Number of comments: 1

I propose the following 5 policies that will have a positively transformative impact:

 

1) Labour's environmental team take a leaf out of the Dutch approach (see link below) to the decline in bee populations by mandating that the roofs of all bus/tram/train stations & all public buildings with 'bee/butterfly-friendly' plants as a way of reviving declining bee & butterfly species populations.

 

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/bus-stop-plants-green-roof-bees-holland-utrecht-a8997581.html

 

Excerpt from the above link: "The roofs of hundreds of bus stops have been covered in plants as a gift to honeybee, by a city in the Netherlands.

Mainly made up of sedum plants, a total of 316 have been covered in greenery in Utrecht.

The shelters not only support the city's biodiversity, such as honey bees and bumblebees, but they also help capture fine dust and store rainwater.

The roofs are looked after by workers who drive around in electric vehicles, and the bus stops have all been fitted with energy-efficient LED lights and bamboo benches."

 

They are just one of a number of measures Utrecht has introduced in a bid to improve air quality.

 

What's more because such plants would on top of a bus/tram/train stations & all public buildings they would be unlikely to be vandalised as plants embedded in the ground.

 

2) A future Labour-run Department of Transport & Defra create plans to introduce such 'bee-friendly plant patches' on top of all electrical bus stations in the UK thereby contributing to both to the decarbonisation of local transport infrastructure, create clean air as well as save the UK's declining bee population.

 

3) That the electrical buses which would have these 'bee-friendly plant' rooftops be powered by local wind-turbines and thereby create an electically integrated local decarbonised energy & transportation infrastructure.

 

4) Use the 'integrated public infrastructure' Utrecht model outlined in the excerpt below (e.g. local windturbines & local bio-mass power stations powering local electrical public bus/tram transportation system) to investigate how Labour can use such a 'integrated public infrastructure' Utrecht model to introduce a type of local decarbonised public 'Universal Basic Services' system (e.g. free to use public transportation system - like local public buses/trams/subway) which issues a 'unlimited public transportation metro card' along with a UBI (that is funded by either a 'robotics tax' or 'Sovereign Wealth Fund'?) for all local UK citizens which can then be extended to the UK railway system as a way of displacing mass transportation in the UK from environmentally-destructive petrol car use to a decarbonised public mass transit system.

 

Excerpt from the link published under policy 1: "The city aims to introduce 55 new electric buses by the end of the year and have "completely clean public transport" by 2028.

The electricity used to power the buses will come directly from Dutch windmills."

 

5) Investigate how the above mentioned policies can be integrated & harmonised with Labour's existing transportation policies & decarbonisation policies.

 

This is an excellent scheme as it saves bees, create cleaner air & decarbonised transport system as well as provide the basis for a UBS system so I do hope a future Labour government readily take these ideas up as they potentially a transformative policy.

Referring to: Housing, Local Government and Transport

The Housing, Local Government and Transport Policy Commission develops Labour policy concerning local government and devolution, housebuilding and the housing sector, and Britain’s transport infrastructure and services.

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