CEOs call on UK government to prioritise green recovery

More than 60 CEOs of major businesses and environmental organisations have issued an open letter to Prime Minister Boris Johnson, urging him to put nature and climate at the heart of the nation’s recovery effort.

More than 60 high profile CEOs, as well as influential supporters including Chris Packham, Kevin McCloud, Deborah Meaden and Jerome Flynn, are calling on the UK Prime Minister to adopt four principles to enable a sustainable economic recovery for people and planet.

Their letter firstly calls for creating a more resilient economy by investing in the infrastructure, technology and skills to generate thousands of new jobs that directly contribute to a climate-safe future – and exclude polluting industries from help without a proper climate plan, writes a statement.

It goes on to request an increase in access to wild spaces for everyone through restoring nature and oceans, incentivising walking and cycling, and supporting sustainable food, farming and fishing.

Furthermore, there are calls to strengthen nature’s protections by ensuring the swift passage of environmental legislation – and introduce targets in law across the UK for the restoration of nature on a massive scale.

Lastly, the letter demands building back better for people, climate and nature by bringing global leaders together to plan for a green and sustainable recovery in the run-up to the United Nations climate conference and biodiversity conferences next year.

David Boynton, Chief Executive at The Body Shop, commented in the statement: “Since the day Anita Roddick started this company, The Body Shop has been fighting for a fairer and more beautiful world. We believe that business should be a force for good and there has never been a more important time to demonstrate that than now. We’re calling on businesses and world leaders to work together with us to protect our planet’s future. Please join us.”

Juliet Davenport, CEO of Good Energy, added: “As we start to look beyond this crisis, we need to be stronger and bolder than ever on public health and climate change. The recovery package should be a catalyst for a clean, green future and a chance to leave our fossil fuel dependence in the past. People now know that there is an alternative, they do not have to tolerate toxic air pollution as the trade-off for keeping our economy going. We urge the government to act now to protect nature and future generations from climate catastrophe.”

Image credit: DONG Energy

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