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South: Environment rules
Ian Paul
Ian Paul
Producer Politics Show
BBC South

Frog in pond
The Springwatch project targets 100,000 wildlife sightings

Politics Show South is getting all natural. Along with thousands of others around the country, we will be at one of the BBC's Springwatch events.

There are 16 of them across the UK - a fun day out for the family, with plenty of things for the kids to do.

Making bird tables, going on minibeast explorations, getting your face painted. All of it a celebration of our wildlife and their habitats.

We ask whether we are doing enough to safeguard the wildlife and habitats that Springwatch celebrates.

Wind turbine
Wind turbine: Contribute to change?

Bleak future

Environmentally speaking, the future looks bleak, at least according to some.

If we do not cut down on energy usage, then soon the lights will be going out and the heating will not be coming on.

If we do not use less water, then here in the South at least we will all be washing with a damp flannel, we are told.

Always assuming we are not under water from the rising sea levels that global warming will bring.

It is the connection between energy use and climate change that has been exercising politicians a lot recently.

Prime Minister hinted at new nuclear power stations
Nuclear option

Tony Blair just a few weeks ago set everyone fluttering by announcing to the CBI that a new generation of nuclear power stations was "back on the agenda with a vengeance".

Not a popular choice with many people.

But what are the alternatives? So-called 'renewable' sources, like wind turbines or wave power or even biomass fuels all have their cheerleaders - but they have their stern critics too.

What would you do? Would you take the nuclear option?

Would you get us all just to use less? Would you plant a windmill on every roof?

Send us an email and we can put your thoughts to our invited guests.

Coffeehouse Challenge

Chewing the fat over a cup of latte and putting the world to rights during a cappuccino has a long tradition.

The coffee houses of London in the 18th and 19th centuries were hotbeds of political discussion and adventurous speculation.

It was thanks to them that we have public toilets and lifeboats.

Now you have the chance to help come up with the twenty-first-century equivalents.

Fellows of the Royal Society of Arts are setting up discussions in coffee shops all over the country.

It might be trying to figure out how to make Salisbury Cathedral Close as eco-friendly as possible, or what is excellence in Portsmouth, or how to build sustainable businesses in Oxford.

The Politics Show

Join Peter Henley on the Politics Show next week, Sunday 11 June 2006 at 12:00 on BBC One.


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