With Green Party MP Caroline Lucas, I co-chair the APPG on the Green New Deal. The Group’s Reset inquiry asked over 57,000 members of the public, including three nationally representative polls, what they wanted a post-COVID society to look like and found the public to be way ahead of ministers in the boldness, scope and scale of change they wanted to see.
The APPG’s first report, Time to Reset, set out the public desire for a greener, fairer Britain after Covid. The second report, How to Reset, published on today draws on evidence from almost 40 organisations and 17 professional expert witnesses to set out how the Government could begin to deliver on the public’s vision.
The evidence from Reset supports two obvious and fundamental conclusions. Firstly, people in Britain overwhelmingly do want to live in a much more sustainable, just and compassionate country. The public actively backs politics and government to take the bold action we need to change for the better our country and our world. Secondly, it is completely possible to make those changes.
This new report is chockablock with exactly the kinds of policies that can transform warm sentiments about climate and environment into the action the public want to see. The pandemic has also shown us just how quickly communities and business can change things for the better when we really put our minds to it.
We can do this. It’s time to start to really make it happen.
The report, How to Reset, is available to read here: https://reset-uk.org/