Following a career at the Open University, where his research and teaching included geological investigations of past climates and extinctions, Peter Skelton joined the Green Party in 2015, wanting to contribute to its efforts to counter the massive environmental threats we all face today. Joining Woburn Sands Town Council soon after – following the principle of ‘thinking globally and acting locally’ – he set up a Climate Change Group in 2020, tasked with advising the TC on possible measures to reduce local greenhouse gas emissions (especially traffic-related) and promote a healthier environment for both people and wildlife.
Under his leadership, the Group produced a community survey on proposals to those ends that was distributed in January 2021 across the town (on both sides of the county boundary). Gratifyingly, 379 responses were received out of 3400 delivered and they overwhelmingly supporting almost all of the proposals.
As Town Mayor from May 2022, he has worked hard towards achieving these evidently popular green aspirations. With the current threat of environmental degradation from aggressive over-development of SEMK, he believes it to be essential that we coordinate like-minded environmental groups in the Ward to ensure that our interests and our well-being are not crushed by the greed for profit of remote corporations.
This is not a distantly imagined threat: witness the wreckage of our landscape visited upon the Bow Brickhill Road from the A5 roundabout.
Your vote for the Green Party will strengthen our defensive alliance – acting on your behalf!