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About Green Alliance blog

Green Alliance is a charity and independent think tank focused on ambitious leadership and increased political support for environmental solutions in the UK. This blog provides space for commentary and analysis around environmental politics and policy issues as they affect the UK. The views of external contributors do not necessarily represent those of Green Alliance.

Why wildlife needs a youth movement

This post is by Matt Williams, a committee member of A Focus on Nature, the UK’s leading youth conservation organisation. A few days ago I happened upon Some thoughts on the common toad, a little known essay by George Orwell. … Continue reading

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Will the next government lead the world in industrial CCS?

This post is by Richard Black, director of the ECIU. It was just over ten years ago that Sir David King, then chief scientific adviser to the British government, beckoned a small group of journalists into a conference room to … Continue reading

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How to build a framework for a greener government

This post is by Duncan Brack, freelance researcher, former DECC special adviser and Green Alliance associate. ‘What does it take to get green policies implemented in government?’ was the question I posed three years ago on this blog, shortly after … Continue reading

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Big questions for a Greener Britain from the RSPB

This post is by Mike Clarke, CEO of the RSPB. When governments put their minds to protecting our environment, they can achieve some extraordinary things. Climate change action has the potential to be one of them. It was a small … Continue reading

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Big questions for a Greener Britain from CPRE

This post is by Shaun Spiers, chief executive of CPRE, in advance of the Greener Britain hustings. It is also published on CPRE’s blog.  One of the myths of British politics is that people do not vote on green issues. In fact, seats are won or … Continue reading

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Big questions for a Greener Britain from WWF UK

This post is by David Nussbaum, chief executive of WWF UK, in advance of the Greener Britain hustings. It also appeared on the WWF UK blog. It feels, at last, as though we are into the final straight of what has seemed … Continue reading

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Time is short to get a public consensus on new infrastructure

This post is by Tony Burton, founder of Civic Voice and member of the National Infrastructure Planning Association’s Council.  Power, money, scale, legacy and to die for photo opportunities; it’s hardly surprising that politicians find big infrastructure projects irresistible.  Now … Continue reading

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The challenge: keeping the taps running and water bills affordable

This post is written by Alex Townsend, economic advisor, Adaptation, Committee on Climate Change. It first appeared on the CCC blog. Green Alliance launched a report on Wednesday 12 February to promote greater water efficiency as a way to reduce water bills, … Continue reading

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Lessons from Easter Island about why we need a circular economy

This post is by Liz Goodwin, CEO of WRAP. It first appeared on Guardian Sustainable Business. We hear a lot about how we are running out of resources but, for many people, it is hard to visualise. Sometimes I’m asked: … Continue reading

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Does tackling climate change matter more than protecting nature?

This post by Miles King first appeared on the Guardian website. Human-induced climate change is with us, and is one the nine reasons why scientists are now concerned that the rate of environmental degradation is a threat to the future of … Continue reading

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