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A Green Future

The Government has set out an ambitious and wide-reaching 25-year environmental plan. In what appears to be a comprehensive plan, covering a diverse range of environmental issues, the Government has thrown its weight behind sustainable development and work to reduce the harm done to the UK’s environment.

The old political adage, that you should never let a good crisis go to waste, is clearly one held in high esteem by the Secretary of State for the Environment, Michael Gove. According to Mr. Gove the plan is concerned with “delivering a Green Brexit” and “seizing a once-in-a-lifetime chance” to reform the nation’s management of its natural environment.

The 25-year environmental plan establishes a framework by which the government hope to achieve the following goals:

  1. Clean Air
  2. Clean and plentiful water
  3. Thriving plants and wildlife
  4. A reduced risk of harm from environmental hazards such as flooding and drought
  5. Using resources from nature more sustainably and efficiently
  6. Enhanced beauty, heritage and engagement with the natural environment
  7. Mitigating and adapting to climate change
  8. Minimising waste
  9. Management exposure to chemicals
  10. Enhancing biosecurity

 

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Highlighting such issues for consideration should provide a platform for new projects and schemes to be undertaken in order to help the government meet these goals. The plan states that it will achieve these goals through the following 6 actions:

  1. Using and managing land sustainably
  2. Recovering nature and enhancing the beauty of landscapes
  3. Connecting people with the environment to improve health and wellbeing
  4. Increasing resource efficiency and reducing pollution and waste
  5. Securing clean, healthy, productive and biologically diverse seas and oceans
  6. Protecting and improving our global environment

 

The content of this plan certainly ticks all the right boxes. It reads as a wish-list of sustainability initiatives and is sure to please environmentalists. The Conservative government has, at best, had a somewhat shaky reputation in regards to environmental issues and this plan seems to signal a departure from this position. With both Michael Gove and Theresa May being heavily influenced by the BBC series Blue Planet 2, it appears that the government has woken up to the need to engage with environmental issues.

Whilst the ability of the government to deliver on this plan may be called into question, the content of the plan should be applauded and will hopefully stimulate a renewed and increased emphasis on the pressing environmental issues facing the UK and the World over the coming quarter century.  

 

 

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