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17 Nov, 2009

Jonathon Porritt The Standing of Sustainable Development in Government (UK) 2009

Posted by: Geoff Davis In: Biodiversity|Climate change|Energy|Government Schemes|Green Transport|Housing

Jonathan Porritt - nice jumper

Jonathan Porritt - nice jumper

As a member of the UK’s Sustainable Development Committee I was alarmed when Mr Porritt left his leadership post this year. Now he has written a far-reaching and deep report on the state of play for sustainable economic development in the UK. This can be obtained from his blog and I have put in the link below.

The staggering contrast between Blair and others grandiose climate change policy speeches, and the ‘business as usual’ policy reality led to this comment from Porritt:

“For those involved at first hand [ie those in the eco / green community] in seeking to narrow that preposterous gap between the home front and the global stage it became impossible not to give in to periodic bouts of incredulity, rage and despair.”

Notice the word periodic – not occasional!

Anyone that has worked in eco housing, or anything else sustainable, realises that there is almost nothing going on, except the creation of a huge bureaucracy.

Oh yes and an awful lot of boasting by Gordon Brown and the rest of the gang. Miliband (Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, a newly created ministry – sounds good, eh?) has his heart in the right place but Labour seems to be caught up in confusion – perhaps as a result of being a reactive ‘lame duck’ government.

Read this report >

Jonathon Porritt The Standing of Sustainable Development in Government (UK) 2009

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