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PM economic recovery speech: Friends of the Earth reaction

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*** Friends of the Earth campaigners available for interview ***

Responding to the Prime Minister’s economic recovery speech today, Friends of the Earth campaigner Muna Suleiman said: 
“The Prime Minister’s speech did little to suggest that he recognises the true scale of the climate and nature emergencies our planet is hurtling towards.
“A green and fair recovery should be the centrepiece of government plans, not some detailing at the very edges.
“Boris Johnson won’t build back greener by investing in yet more roads, which will only lock us further into the climate crisis. 
“President Roosevelt was ambitious. The Prime Minister cannot seriously reference a New Deal when his suggested spending equates to something like £100 pounds per person. You can get a Netflix annual subscription for that, but not a green recovery.

“The UK must hit the restart button on its environmentally destructive economic system, and create the jobs and opportunities that will deliver for us all.

“The country is crying out for a green economic action plan with a massive energy efficiency programme, safer walking and cycling, and world-class public transport. 

“It’s time to end our fossil fuel and car dependency and build a cleaner, fairer future.”


For more information contact the Friends of the Earth press office on 020 7566 1649 / 07718 394786 (out of hours – please do not text this number) or by emailing

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1. About Friends of the Earth: Friends of the Earth is an international community dedicated to the protection of the natural world and the wellbeing of everyone in it. We bring together more than two million people in 75 countries, combining people power all over the world to transform local actions into global impact. For more information visit: follow us at @friends_earth, or like our Facebook page. 

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