The Green Party has launched its local election campaign with a pledge to build a Green Recovery in every community across the country.
Ahead of the local elections on 6 May, the Greens are looking to build on their record results from the last local elections in 2019, which saw the party more than double their number of councillors.
This year, the party is looking to win even more seats and has pledged that each and every councillor will continue the hard work of those currently elected in bringing about a Green Recovery from the coronavirus pandemic which will tackle climate change and reduce inequality.
Green Party co-leader Jonathan Bartley officially launched the campaign in Battersea Park, London on Wednesday.
Ahead of the launch, Bartley said: "At the last local elections the Green Party doubled our number of councillors, which has proved absolutely vital over the last year as they have been the ones leading their communities and working hard to bring about a Green Recovery in their area.
"Greens make change. Whether it be motions to create thousands of jobs in retrofitting homes in Norwich, or the Green-led Brighton and Hove Council passing a motion with £26 million of climate action in it, we know what it takes to make sure we all recover from this pandemic in a way that offers a better future for everybody.
"After the long, dark winter of Covid we want to make sure that we bring spring into all our council chambers with new hope for a greener, more caring future. This year it is more vital than ever that Greens are elected so that we can fight for a fairer, Greener future for all."
While the Greens have welcomed others' support for its Green New Deal, Greens across the country would go further, faster to transform the UK's housing to make all homes warmer and more energy-efficient, revolutionise our transport and rapidly roll out renewable energy across the country.
Hundreds of thousands of low carbon jobs would be created to carry out this work.
Bartley said: "The government is categorically failing to invest sufficiently in the Green sector. It is Green councillors and activists on the ground, working with local communities up and down the country, who are picking up the slack and doing what they can to ensure a green recovery for all.
"It's vital that local councils have climate in mind as we build the economy back after Covid. More Green councillors means a stronger commitment in all our council chambers to the climate action that we all know is urgently needed - and to the good, green jobs that this will create."
Bradley Williams, who is standing for Swindon Greens in St Andrews, said: “Swindon’s Greens are passionate about helping the people of this town thrive, not just economically with the provision of green jobs, but by providing environmentally sustainable and affordable homes and businesses and an environment that is better for people and wildlife.
“We are committed to be being active in the local community, hearing the voices of constituents, and bringing their ideas and concerns to the Council. We will tackle the issues on the ground, whether it be litter, dog theft, drug dealing, or parking problems, to make a real difference to day-to-day life for Swindon’s residents.”