Environment and Climate Change
Gardiner describes himself on his own website as "a committed environmentalist".
He is the founder of http://www.ipoak.org/
Gardiner has produced a booklet which outlines his views on climate change. It is available from his website: http://www.barrygardiner.com/barry-gardiners-environmental-booklet
In May 2009, Gardiner wrote an opinion piece for the BBC titled "Biodiversity is the spark of life" in which he argued that biodiversity was not getting the attention it deserves on the international agenda.
- "Every form of life on this planet stands not on its own but is supported by, and supports, other living things.
- "Lose one species and you lose a vital part of some ecosystem.
- "That means you lose not just a plant or an insect but a service: you lose the medicine that comes from that plant; you lose the pollination of crops which that insect provides.
- "Climate change matters, not because the world mustn't get any hotter, but because the rate of change is too fast for species to keep pace.
- "As species die, so biodiversity is depleted and with it the ecosystem services that such biodiversity provides."
Following the sacking of Professor David Nutt by Home Secretary Alan Johnson in October 2009, Gardiner appeared in a discussion on the BBC's The Daily Politics, and defended the Labour government's actions and drugs policy.
In February 2015 Barry Gardiner voted in favour of allowing mitochondrial donation, which would allow women who carried mitochondrial diseases to give birth to children who would not inherit the disease. An October 2014 briefing report by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA), which had been investigating the issue for three years, stated that there was no evidence to show that mitochondrial donation was unsafe. However, some religious groups had said that such procedures should not be allowed. After clearing both Houses mitochondrial donation is now legal, regulated by the HFEA.
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