It's vital to develop and expand existing renewable energy technologies if we are to create a low carbon future. However, to be truly sustainable, energy needs to take biodiversity into consideration.
Every year, millions of migratory birds collide with energe pylons and other structures - being electrocuted and often killed as a result. In addition, many renewable energy projects destroy or degrade wildlife habitats - for example building wind farms on peat bogs is unsustainable as it destroys peat, which is a valuable carbon sink, which means they store carbon and once they are destroyed they release this carbon into the atmosphere making climate change worse.
All phases of energy development heeds to take into account the conservation of migratory birds. so that the benefits of sustainable energy can be realized without harming migratory birds and their habitats.
The UK General Election brought disappointment for many as we now face another five years of Conservative rule, this time without the benefit of a coalition with the Liberal Democrats, who for all their perceived weaknesses are at least the most environmentally friendly of the mainstream political parties. You can read the Guardian newspaper's opinion on what the newly elected government might mean for the environment here.
The Green Party won over 1.1 million votes and won only one seat (compared to the Scottish National Party which polled 1.45 million votes and gained 56 seats). Which is particularly frustrating for those of us who would like to see the environment given more political priority.