Amid all the talk of a ‘Green Brexit’, the biggest threat to our environment is not being addressed

https://pixabay.com/en/cans-scrap-disposal-2678363/
Support us and go ad-free

Whatever your views on Brexit, the UK is leaving the EU, and as such we’ll need a new regulatory framework for the environment.

On 15 March, Prosperity UK held a conference in London to explore a Green Brexit. At the conference, James Thornton, CEO of environmental law group ClientEarth, called on the UK to ban controversial business practices. Namely, deals that allow companies to sue governments over the introduction of new environmental laws.

The European Court of Justice has already taken steps to make these deals, known as investor-state dispute settlements (ISDS), illegal.

ClientEarth lawyer Laurens Ankersmit said:

ISDS are not only an unwelcome tool that allows multinational corporations to put pressure on public interest decision-making, it is also incompatible with EU law.

Thornton picked this up, as he set out how Britain should become a world leader on environmental protection. He added that we should:

refuse to trade with countries that do not participate adequately in key international agreements, like the Paris Accord.

Read on...

Support us and go ad-free

Protection for the protectors

On 9 March, The Guardian reported the tireless work by John Knox, the UN special rapporteur on human rights and the environment. He’s calling on the UN to formally recognise the right to a healthy environment.

A cornerstone of his work is securing protection for those who risk their lives to defend the environment. This is vital when you consider the increase in the number of murders of environmental defenders tracked by monitoring group Global Witness.

Knox told The Guardian:

If we can’t protect them, then how can we protect the environment we all depend on.

The future

These developments illustrate the real desire to protect the environment and human communities in the future.

But predictable opposition from a handful of Conservative MEPs isn’t the only potential spanner in the works.

We, as consumers, have responsibilities too.

Change our ways

In the recent past, we’ve had the introduction of the 5p plastic bag charge. And Starbucks introduced a similar scheme with coffee cups. These new practices are undoubtedly welcome, but it’s really tip of the iceberg stuff.

When you see the heart-breaking pictures of plastic in the oceans, and whales dying because they’ve consumed plastic, it really isn’t enough to just say ‘we need to regulate’. We, as individuals, need to think about our role in creating the demand that leads to this pollution. This may require substantial changes to our convenient materialism.

In the future, if we really want to protect the environment, maybe we’ll need to think again before we upgrade our phone or buy those new gadgets. Maybe we’ll need to use less electricity and buy less stuff in general. Maybe we’ll need to think more of our footprints and how we can reduce the damaging waste we produce.

In short, we may need to radically alter the way we live.

Get Involved!

– Read the government white paper on a Green Brexit here.

– Read about a possible future for environmental ideology here.

– Read more about environmental news here.

Featured image via pixabay

Support us and go ad-free

We need your help to keep speaking the truth

Every story that you have come to us with; each injustice you have asked us to investigate; every campaign we have fought; each of your unheard voices we amplified; we do this for you. We are making a difference on your behalf.

Our fight is your fight. You’ve supported our collective struggle every time you gave us a like; and every time you shared our work across social media. Now we need you to support us with a monthly donation.

We have published nearly 2,000 articles and over 50 films in 2021. And we want to do this and more in 2022 but we don’t have enough money to go on at this pace. So, if you value our work and want us to continue then please join us and be part of The Canary family.

In return, you get:

* Advert free reading experience
* Quarterly group video call with the Editor-in-Chief
* Behind the scenes monthly e-newsletter
* 20% discount in our shop

Almost all of our spending goes to the people who make The Canary’s content. So your contribution directly supports our writers and enables us to continue to do what we do: speaking truth, powered by you. We have weathered many attempts to shut us down and silence our vital opposition to an increasingly fascist government and right-wing mainstream media.

With your help we can continue:

* Holding political and state power to account
* Advocating for the people the system marginalises
* Being a media outlet that upholds the highest standards
* Campaigning on the issues others won’t
* Putting your lives central to everything we do

We are a drop of truth in an ocean of deceit. But we can’t do this without your support. So please, can you help us continue the fight?

The Canary Support us

Comments are closed