General Election 2019: ‘Climate change’ is political priority for East Devon Green Party candidate
PUBLISHED: 11:17 11 November 2019 | UPDATED: 13:32 11 November 2019
A farmer with his focus firmly on the climate emergency has been unveiled as the Green Party candidate for the General Election.
Henry Gent will represent the party when voters go to the polls on December 12.
The 61-year-old has lived his whole life in Broadclyst.
He said agricultural policy and the challenge of global warming are his top priorities.
As a result, he has changed his lifestyle, and the farm business by building two dwellings on the farm to Passivhaus Trust standards - a measure of low-energy design.
Mr Gent said: "Family life and the family farm are the centre of my life, and the long-term future means everything to me.
"My political priority is to be able to look future generations in the eye when they ask me what I did in the climate emergency."
The Green Party candidate has been a trustee of local charities and the chairman of a local grain storage cooperative, and was the 2018 winner of the Chairman's Award for the outstanding contribution to the Organic Milk Suppliers Cooperative.
He is involved with various initiatives within his parish to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and he chairs the parish council's committees for communications and traffic.