Greener UK has launched its manifesto, which sets out 8 recommendations it believes are necessary to make the vision of a greener post-Brexit UK a reality. In those recommendations, it has called on Government to establish a strong 25-year environment plan, to be reinforced in law in an ambitious new Environment Act.
Greener UK is a coalition of 13 major environmental organisations – including Green Alliance, WWF, the National Trust, RSPB, The Wildlife Trusts and Friends of the Earth – with a combined public membership of 7.9m.
The coalition was launched in December 2016, united in the belief that leaving the EU is a pivotal moment to restore and enhance the UK’s environment.
Today (22 February), Greener UK has launched 8 recommendations that it says are necessary to make the vision of a greener UK a reality.
It calls on Government to secure the benefits of existing environmental laws as the UK leaves the European Union, and to pass an “ambitious” new Environment Act.
It also says we must we have the necessary governance arrangements in place for “robust implementation and enforcement in future”, echoing the EU Energy and Environment Sub-Committee, which recently warned of an impending “vacuum” in the enforcement of environmental law after the UK leaves the EU.
Greener UK has also called for the UK to “lead the world by setting measurable milestones for environmental restoration and high standards for pollution and resource efficiency, as part of a strong 25-year plan, reinforced in law in an ambitious new Environment Act”.
Defra’s Environment Plan is due to be published any week, and is expected to set out the Government’s environmental strategy over the next 25 years.
In its manifesto, Greener UK says that nature is struggling.
“We are depleting our soils and water supplies, generating mountains of food and plastic waste, changing our climate and making the air in our cities dangerous to breathe…
“We are ready and willing to play our part in making our vision a reality, by working with communities, voluntary groups and the private sector to make local places better and to tackle global challenges like climate change.
“But it is also vital that governments and politicians lead. They must demonstrate their commitment to our shared inheritance through bold action at home, and renewed co-operation with our friends and allies in Europe and around the world.”
In December, 145 MPs from across the UK’s political parties signed up to the Greener UK coalition’s Pledge for the Environment. They pledged to do everything in their power to establish the UK as a world leader on the environment by matching or exceeding current environmental protections.