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Countryside holds key to tackling the climate emergency - CPRE

On the cusp of the government’s ‘mini-budget’ today, 8 July, CPRE is calling for a radical rethink of the role of the countryside in tackling the climate emergency

We believe that the Chancellor has an historic opportunity to tackle the climate emergency in the ‘mini budget’. We are calling for the countryside to be at the forefront of climate action so that rural communities do not bear the brunt of the climate emergency in our new report: ‘Greener, better, faster: countryside solutions to the climate emergency and for a green recovery’. The report sets out how the countryside can be at the centre of the transformation to a net-zero society, to make sure we tackle the climate emergency in a way that benefits people living and working in rural communities.

‘Greener, better, faster’ was launched at a virtual panel discussion with Rebecca Pow MP, Minister for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs; Luke Pollard MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs; Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle, Former Leader of the Green Party; and Freddie Northcott, youth climate activist in attendance.

‘Greener, better, faster’ sets out how the government can best achieve this with five key recommendations:

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