The hustings on climate change organised by Wivey Action on Climate with other Taunton Deane transition groups was a great success. A hall packed with 200 people at Wellington Prep School heard a lively and informative debate between the main Taunton Deane general election candidates.
There was a near unanimous view that climate change is a serious issue with only the UKIP candidate suggesting that the threat is exaggerated.
The candidates responded to seven questions (selected from 40 submitted) on issues ranging from the effects of building the proposed Hinkley C nuclear reactor to the benefits of reducing meat and dairy consumption. While there was general agreement on some issues, such as building a tidal lagoon in Bridgwater Bay, there were different opinions on whether growing the economy is compatible with tackling climate change.
The debate was good-humoured and at times light-hearted. The candidates were finally asked: ‘What is your biggest climate sin?’ which drew some revealing replies.