Category Archives: Politics

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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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Big questions for a Greener Britain from Green Alliance

My biggest fear for the environment in this coming election is not that it won’t feature as a major issue. That may be a blessing given the quality of the debate so far. It’s that our next government won’t have … 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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How to involve the public properly in infrastructure planning

Until just a few years ago, it would have been strange to hear environmentalists calling for new infrastructure. Put those two nouns together, and they’d have brought to mind images of unwashed protestors in trees. But climate change has overturned … Continue reading

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If concern about climate is a religion, Margaret Thatcher was its founder

This post is by Peter Franklin, editor of the DeepEnd on ConservativeHome and a contributor to The Times. It first appeared on Conservative Home. Saturday, 8 November marked the 25th anniversary of one of Margaret Thatcher’s most consequential speeches. It was delivered to the United … Continue reading

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Why the EU2030 climate agreement is progress

The new EU 2030 climate package is a messy compromise, just like every other negotiated agreement in history, but it constitutes real progress. It is progress because we now have the most ambitious regional agreement on emissions reduction anywhere in … Continue reading

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Is the US outclassing the UK on climate statesmanship?

Al Gore is the famous what-if of US climate politics, given the controversial near miss that was the presidential election of 2000, combined with his subsequent activism.  His film, ‘An Inconvenient Truth’, won two Academy Awards, and the man himself … Continue reading

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