When I announced I was standing for election, I self identified as an environmentalist. Not everyone thought this was a good idea – some people said I might come across as an eco extremist and alienate voters. Here’s a video with some thoughts about that. In brief, I’m not an extreme environmentalist, but I do believe in the concept of stewardship. As a species we have a responsibility to look after the planet, which is after all our life support system. And here in Jersey we have a responsibility to look after our own environment, which I take to mean handing it on to the next generation in as good or better shape than we found it. There are so many ways in which protecting and enhancing our environment can make life better. I see huge opportunity for example in our mission to reduce carbon emissions: healthier lives, less pollution, a boost to our tourism industry and so on.