7 Jun 2011

Caroline Lucas MP argues conservation limited if no real action on carbon


GOVERNMENT'S MIXED MESSAGES ON NATURAL ENVIRONMENT COULD HAMPER CONSERVATION EFFORTS, SAYS GREEN MP

Green MP Caroline Lucas today warned that the Coalition Government's inconsistency on policies to protect our natural world and encourage a greener, more sustainable economy could ultimately hamper conservation efforts.

While she welcomed the Natural Environment White Paper published by the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs today (1), the Brighton Pavilion MP and Green Party leader said that many of the proposals lacked the legislative weight needed to make a sufficient impact - and called for more joined up thinking across Whitehall to promote genuine sustainability.

Caroline Lucas MP said:

"While I welcome this report's recognition of the need to address biodiversity loss and protect our natural environment, its proposals lack detail - and the test will really be in the implementation. Setting up a mere 12 Nature Improvement Areas (NIAs), for example, surely underestimates the scale of work needed to restore and safeguard important natural sites across the country.

"Furthermore, although local communities and volunteers will play an important role in engaging with and helping to protect the environment in their areas, this should not be a substitute for good governance, sufficient Government resources and over arching targets and legislation. Initiatives such as Local Nature Partnerships will need more than hollow 'Big Society' rhetoric if they are to be successful.

"And while the economic evaluation of the natural world might be a well intentioned effort to convince economists and the business community of its importance, putting a price on the environment only serves to further commodify it - perpetuating the idea that natural resources are simply there to be exploited.

"Ultimately, it's also crucial to recognise that the protection of our natural environment is not just a matter for Defra - we need strong and consistent policies to mainstream sustainability across all Government departments, as well as tough emissions reduction targets to tackle climate change and a proper commitment to a low carbon economy."

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

sustainability?

does that include us all having three children like the Green leader?

Derek Wall said...

Yes we are not population bombers thank you!

I am very proud of my three kids and I don't lecture people on their fertility!

weggis said...

... or their life expectancy?

Anonymous said...

But how is that 'sustainable' Derek?

seems a bit hypocritical?

Children bring lots and lots of happiness to us and I'm not criticising you for having three, just saying that it doesn't sit with Green values as espoused by some especially if they then lectrure others on being 'sustainable' as three kids must be quite heavy on emissions...

Anonymous said...

Guess it's easier to ignore the issue then...