Government needs to act on environmental promises

The government has made some encouraging noises indicating it is taking the environment more seriously, but it needs to follow through with details on policy and funding

Shaun Spiers
Shaun Spiers: NGOs "should welcome" the government's environmental commitments but ensure it follows through on its promises

A year ago, things looked pretty grim for environmentalists. The prime minister seemed uninterested and, even though 80% of the UK’s environmental laws derive from the EU, the environment was not one of her 12 negotiating priorities for Brexit. Her over-powerful gatekeeper, Nick Timothy, a climate sceptic, was positively hostile to a green agenda. As for DEFRA, it was a political backwater, demoralised and understaffed. Things had been no better in David Cameron’s “get rid of all the green crap” final year in office.

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