By Lauren Peacock - Green Economy Coalition – April, 2015
On May 7th 2015, the United Kingdom goes to the polls to elect a brand new government. The competing political parties' environmental policies haven't seen the prominence the GEC feels they deserve, but the Greener Britain Hustings offered a chance to see four of the most environmentally engaged parties discuss their green priorities for the next UK Parliament.
By Luke Wreford - One Planet Economy team - WWF – November, 2012
Recent analysis has shown the growing importance of low-carbon and environmental industries to the UK economy: they now contribute 8% to GDP and employ almost a million people – more than the motor trade and telecoms combined.
It’s true that green sectors are doing well while others are struggling – but to accelerate momentum and fully realise the economic and environmental benefits, the government needs to take some crucial decisions over the next couple of months.
By Dr Aled Jones - Global Sustainability Institute – April, 2012
Unlocking a green economy requires a transformation in everything we do. The urgency of the challenge we face gets greater and greater with every new piece of evidence. Avoiding so called ‘tipping points’ in the Earth’s climate system or going beyond a point of recovery for parts of the bio-system gets closer scrutiny every day – even though, as pointed out by Jay Leno (below), the problem has been bad enough for decades and we have yet to transform our societies in any way that meets the challenge.
This year sees the launch of the UN Sustainable Energy for All initiative, with UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon creating a high-level group to mobilize action. We support the goals of this initiative but – like other observers – we feel it requires more ambition and focus. Key priorities should be reducing poverty through access to modern energy services, and ensuring equitable access to electricity and consumption of energy resources (such as gas, oil and biomass).
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