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Green Industrial Revolution must tackle climate and nature crises together

18 November 2020

In response to the Prime Minister’s 10 point Green Industrial Revolution plan, Dr Richard Benwell, CEO of Wildlife and Countryside Link, said: “The PM has shown welcome progress toward a Green Britain in these plans, with the early phase out of petrol and diesel cars particularly ambitious. Many of these measures will bring technological innovation and climate action at the same time as creating much needed jobs and investment. But to amount to a Green Industrial Revolution, or even a green recovery, the Government must tackle the twin crises of climate change and ecological decline together.

“Many thousands of jobs could be created in moving toward a nature-positive economy. £40m of investment announced at the weekend was helpful, but it does not amount to a Green Industrial Revolution for nature. Cleaning up our waters, greening up development, linking up and restoring our fragmented and failing natural world, can simultaneously provide boosts for our climate, wildlife and people’s health. Restoring nature is a crucial part of the climate change jigsaw which needs substantial and sustained investment if we are to hit Net Zero targets.”

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