Theresa and Michael have set out their plan for a green future in a new 151-page document. It’s described as a 25-year plan, which seems a bit optimistic in view of the likely lifetime of the current Government.
No, I haven’t read it, but it has a nice picture of the Peak District on the cover and there’s also a picture of a cute red squirrel.
But notice that climate change appears almost as an afterthought, 7th on the list of goals:
Our 25-year goals
By adopting this Plan we will achieve:
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.
In addition, we will manage pressures on the environment by:
7. Mitigating and adapting to climate change.
8. Minimising waste.
9. Managing exposure to chemicals.
There are six main chapters, and again, none of these focuses specifically on climate or has climate in the title.
Chapter 1: Using and managing land sustainably
Chapter 2: Recovering nature and enhancing the beauty of landscapes
Chapter 3: Connecting people with the environment to improve health and wellbeing
Chapter 4: Increasing resource efficiency and reducing pollution and waste
Chapter 5: Securing clean, healthy, productive and biologically diverse seas and oceans
Chapter 6: Protecting and improving our global environment
Although the C-word comes up regularly in the document, it is mostly as virtue-signalling. There appears to be no new specific policy or commitment – just a reiteration of support for the Paris agreement and the 2008 Climate Change Act. I don’t think the climateers are going to like it.