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Spending Review ‘shockingly bad’ - Friends of the Earth

Announcement does little to show government recognises enormity of climate crisis

Commenting on today’s budget and spending review, Friends of the Earth’s head of policy, Mike Childs, said: “With only days to go before Boris Johnson hosts crucial talks in Glasgow, this financial announcement was shockingly bad, and will do little to show his government recognises the enormity of the climate crisis we face. Fast-tracking the shift to a zero-carbon economy, with much greater investment in our homes, public transport and nature, should have been at the heart of Rishi Sunak’s plans. Instead climate change hardly featured. Despite the Chancellor’s window-dressing, his plans will simply prolong the UK’s dependency on fossil fuels and makes it far harder to seize the substantial job and export opportunities that climate leadership would bring. Failing to rapidly decarbonise our economies will leave the planet facing the effects of extreme heat, flooding, and wildfires. The Chancellor has let down young people and the poorest in society, who have done least to contribute to the climate emergency.”

Posted on: 27 October 2021

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