Reaction to Michael Gove’s speech on reversing nature decline and fighting climate breakdown

19th July 2019
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Alongside throwing out emissions disasters like airport expansion and fracking it’s crucial that the next government supports plans to double tree cover in the UK

Alasdair Roxburgh, director of communities at Friends of the Earth, said:

“It’s ironic that this speech on the urgency of the climate crisis was given surrounded by beautiful trees and wildlife, while planes from Heathrow roared overhead and plans for the third runway are supported by government. Alongside throwing out emissions disasters like airport expansion and fracking it’s crucial that the next government supports plans to double tree cover in the UK. If this isn’t done, getting to net-zero emissions will be little more than vague political lip service.”