Summary

“[This] is … an essential initiative that should inspire similar action in other parts of the world. Just like the UK, governments around the world have implicitly abandoned their domestic and international climate obligations in their COVID-19 stimulus responses.”

Ikechukwu Uzoma, Aryeh Neier Fellow at the Open Society Justice Initiative

In planning the economic recovery from COVID-19, the Government can either follow the scientific and economic advice and take a decisive step towards a cleaner, fairer and more sustainable economy, that offers the prospect of a future for our young people; or it can ignore that advice by prioritising its corporate sponsors and locking us into the path to climate breakdown. It seems that Boris Johnson and Dominic Cummings are set on choosing the second option. Since March 2020:

  • Billions of pounds of loans have been offered to oil services companies, airlines and car companies, free from any climate conditions
  • The Government has approved £1billion of export finance for a new natural gas project in Mozambique; and
  • a £27billion programme to increase the capacity of the road network, contrary to the advice of its own expert advisers.

That is a breach of the social contract, a betrayal of current and future generations, and a breach of the right to life.