17 February 2021
Welcoming the Environmental Audit Committee’s ‘Growing back better’ report published today (Weds 17 Feb), Dr Richard Benwell, CEO of Wildlife and Countryside Link, said: “This welcome report rightly shows that a truly green recovery must reach every corner of the economy.
“Investing in a green recovery to restore our failing natural world and decarbonise our economy could create hundreds of thousands of new jobs, as well as making our streets, rivers and the air we breathe healthier. In particular, we welcome the recommendation to pilot a National Nature Service, which would follow the example set by President Biden in deploying a large-scale environmental employment scheme.
The forthcoming Budget and Spending Review are key opportunities for the government to put nature and net zero at the heart of its spending decisions and back up policy ambition with the funding needed to deliver radical change.”
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