I was on BBC Politics Live earlier this week, where I spoke about the Government’s recently announced 10-point plan for the environment. I’m afraid to say that this plan contains a whole lot of recycled policies and funding. It’s a start, but it’s not a plan that meets the size and scale of the existential challenge we’re facing.
The Labour Party’s own Green Recovery report, published off the back of Covid-19, sets out a plan for £30 billion in spending over the next 18 months, creating hundreds of thousands of new jobs which would combat the mass unemployment we know is coming while supporting decarbonisation.
The government’s policies are a start, but they aren’t enough. As the Co-Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on a Green New Deal I’m working with colleagues across parties to see how we can power a renewables revolution and respond to ecological breakdown at the scale this crisis deserves.