UK-EU trade negotiations: the level playing field is at risk of ‘regression by default’

intext-puffinsThis post is by Andy Jordan and Brendan Moore, who are respectively co-chair and research associate at Brexit&Environment.

The fate of the trade negotiations between the EU and the UK will hinge on the ability of both sides to strike a deal on the so-called ‘level playing field’ provisions that prevent either side from lowering (or ‘regressing’) their environmental standards to secure a competitive advantage. Read more

The Dasgupta Review on the Economics of Biodiversity is an exciting source of hope

Emerald damselfyThis post is by Dame Fiona Reynolds, Master of Emmanuel College, Cambridge, chair of Green Alliance and member of the advisory panel of the Dasgupta Review.

I’ve served on so many official reviews over the last twelve months that my head should be spinning.  I’ve loved them all, but the current one – the Dasgupta Review on the Economics of Biodiversity – may prove the most challenging and exciting yet. Read more

Government must legislate now to tackle the hidden footprint of supply chains

Composite image of packed courier on production lineThis post is by Ruth Chambers, senior parliamentary affairs associate at Greener UK, and Caterina Brandmayr, senior policy analyst at Green Alliance.

Over the past few months, we have become acutely aware of just how important supply chains are to our lives, as businesses across the UK are working in extremely demanding circumstances to maintain important supplies of food, water and medical equipment. Read more

We must grow back greener after lockdown

Woodberry Wetland in LondonThis post is by Hilary McGrady, director-general of the National Trust. A longer version  was published by the Daily Telegraph.

Right now, the nation’s attention is rightly focused on dealing with the immediate and profound impact of Covid-19 on health, social fabric and livelihoods. But governments around the world are beginning to turn their thoughts to recovery. Read more

What does Covid-19 mean for food, farming and nature?

A small harvest mouse climbing up shoots of grass looking forwarThis post is by Tom Lancaster, head of land, seas and climate at the RSPB, and Ellie Brodie, head of land management at The Wildlife Trusts, on behalf of Greener UK and Wildlife and Countryside Link, in consultation with Sustain and the Soil Association. 

As we contemplate week six of lockdown, Covid-19 continues to shine an unforgiving light on the inequity of the global food system and its consequences for nature and people.

The shocking impact of this crisis has made us all think about the fragility of our daily existence. It has brought about a renewed focus on our essential needs and, in doing so, prompted debate about the interconnectedness and resilience of our food system and supply chains. Read more

Green groups working together is as important as ever through this crisis

Shallow depth of field image (selective focus) with the Zoom vidI’ve spent much of my professional life working in environmental and social justice coalitions, bringing organisations together to achieve a common goal. Working in tandem with like minded partners and allies is a highly effective way to achieve public policy change. While such collaborations often bring challenges, maintaining effective coalitions in the midst of a global pandemic has been especially demanding. Read more

We must see our national parks as an agent of positive change after lockdown

cycling derwentThis post is by Andrew McCloy, chair of the Peak District National Park Authority.

Over the frenetic weekend before the lockdown, the sight of thousands of visitors pouring into national parks like Snowdonia and the Lake District, against government guidelines, was perhaps an inevitable response from a panicky urban population. Read more

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