The Conservative Party has put together a list of some of the year’s environmental heroes and zeroes. This is the second year in which the list has been compiled. Whilst last year it included Sun page three girl Keeley Hazell and the Women’s Institute, this year the Archers, M& S and George Monbiot have their place. The list aims to highlight the hard work of groups and individuals who have worked hard to improve the environment in 2007, whilst also bringing to attention those who have blotted their copybook.
Shadow Environment Secretary Peter Ainsworth commented: “This time last year I said that that it was not worth disputing the fact of climate change and its impacts. Unfortunately, in 2007, some continued to insist that we do not have a real problem on our hands despite the overwhelming scientific evidence, and they are amongst the zeroes of 2007. The heroes are part of a growing consensus across the world that to ensure economic, social and environmental security we need to change the way we live and show more respect for the Earth’s natural resources. This list is by no means comprehensive, but aims to recognise the achievements of some who have been part of the solution on 2007, and some who are still part of the problem – in the hope that they will do better next year.”
Jonathon Porritt – For his blog, which has been courageously rude about the Government considering that he is their chief advisor on sustainability.
HRH Prince Charles - for his Accounting for Sustainability initiative and also for his Rainforest
BBC Newsnight’s Justin Rowlatt, the Ethical Man - for going well beyond the cause of duty.
M&S - for committing £200 million to an initiative to become carbon neutral by 2012
Alan Simpson MP - for consistently putting the environment above politics and for being a cheerful advocate for change.
The Archers - for raising a huge range of topical issues affecting farming, including climate change.
The Quality of Life Policy Review Team – For the most far-reaching and detailed political work on sustainable work ever produced.
Sarah Beeny – for drawing attention to the presence of toxic chemicals in everyday household products.
The Emergency Services – for their outstanding work during the summer floods.
The President of Guyana – for offering 50 million acres of rain forest in return for sustainable development funds.
The Smoking Ban – for a huge increase in the use of patio heaters, which are an environmental
Palm Oil – for causing the destruction of the rainforest without most of us even knowing that we are helping it along.
Channel 4 – for screening an attention seeking programme about climate change based on highly dubious evidence.
Stewart Dimmock – for spending a fortune on legal fees challenging an Al Gore film pointlessly.
George Monbiot – for being too grumpy about the environment, even though he may be right.
Canadian tar sands – for tempting respectable companies like BP to become pariahs by pursuing the extraction of fossil fuels at the expense of the environment.
Margaret Beckett and David Miliband – for ignoring advice about the state of the drains
at Pirbright when they were in charge of them; the consequence being a release of Foot & Mouth Disease..
The Food Standards Agency – for a hopelessly inadequate investigation into the illegal sale of GM contaminated rice.
Teenagers – for not turning the lights off whilst lecturing their parents about climate change.
The Common Fisheries Policy – for continuing to destroy the marine environment, and permitting an unforgivable waste of fish, without serving the interests of fishing communities or those who enjoy recreational fishing.
I think any further comment from me would ruin the moment. And probably get me into a lot of trouble. ConservativeHome has done a mild fisk HERE.