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#VotePlanet: Politicians have chance to ‘put the planet before politics’ – University of Reading

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#VotePlanet: Politicians have chance to ‘put the planet before politics’

Release Date 12 December 2019

Polling Day #VotePlanet

Voters head to the polling stations on Thursday (12 December), after a General Election campaign when the environment was high among party priorities.

Surveys by YouGov indicate that the environment is second only to Brexit on the list of concerns for young people in the UK, and fourth among the wider population.

The University of Reading’s #VotePlanet campaign has been sharing the latest findings on the biggest environmental issues facing the UK and the world, to help voters to make an informed choice on polling day.

This includes a snap analysis of weather and election result data to determine what effect the weather on polling day has on turnout and vote share between parties.

It has also highlighted where the University has taken action to reduce its own carbon footprint or give students and staff the opportunity to make more eco-friendly decisions on campus.

Professor Robert Van de Noort, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Reading, said: “Whatever the outcome of the General Election, parties now have the chance to put the planet before politics by considering environmental policies.

“The environment has leapt up the list of concerns among the UK population in recent months. Our campaign has been arming voters with knowledge to help them digest environment policy announcements and make an informed choice when they cast their vote.”

The University of Reading has been sharing examples of its environmental research, teaching and institutional action across a range of themes, including flooding, trees, climate change, plastic waste and transport.

A new theme was explored each day for the three weeks leading up to the election. Read more about the campaign and browse every theme at


#VotePlanet Election Countdown recap

Day 21: Carbon Cutting

Day 20: Floods

Day 19: Trees

Day 18: Wildfires

Day 17: Extreme Weather

Day 16: Air Pollution

Day 15: Transport

Day 14: Green Growth

Day 13: Wildlife

Day 12: Plastic Waste

Day 11: Green Business

Day 10: Climate Change

Day 9: Farming

Day 8: Bees

Day 7: Soil

Day 6: Green Choices

Day 5: Plants

Day 4: Seas and Oceans

Day 3: Drought

Day 2: Energy

Day 1: Towns and Cities

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