England is set on establishing a green future with the Prime Minister's Ten Point Plan
Posted on 23/11/2020
The British government has been steadily working on kick starting their green recovery in hopes that they can allow their natural world, and economy, to flourish. They have introduced brand new initiatives under the current 25-year Environment Plan, and the Prime Minister's 10 Point Plan, in order to start the green revolution that could change the future of the country.
The green revolution
The pandemic has urged many national governments to take drastic steps to ensure that they put the environment first, and Britain has designed an extensive plan to do just that. All these projects will generate thousands of green jobs in sectors such as tree planting, habitat restoration and environmental education. Shifting the focus on the green revolution will in turn drive local economies and this may help the country to recover from the economic disaster that was caused by the coronavirus. "As we build back greener we're taking new steps to expand and enhance our landscapes - creating and retaining thousands of green jobs in the process which will be crucial to my Ten Point Plan for delivering a green recovery," stated Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
The Green Recovery Challenge Fund, which already had £40 million has now received an additional £40 million to support the recently added activities. The Environment Secretary, George Eustice said, "We are committed to driving forward a green revolution as we build back better and greener from the pandemic, and the Ten Point Plan provides a crucial vehicle to help us shape a cleaner and more resilient society."
The government aims to have 30% of their land protected by 2030, by transforming England's landscapes into national parks and areas of natural beauty (AONB). Additionally, they will be launching ten landscape recovery projects across the country, over the next four years. These projects help preserve and restore areas that are ecologically rich and diverse. Ensuring the protection of these wild spaces will undoubtedly lead to the conservation of local wildlife species such as the red squirrel, horseshoe bat and nightingale.
"Britain's iconic landscapes are part of the fabric of our national identity - sustaining our communities, driving local economies and inspiring people across the ages. That's why with the natural world under threat, it's more important than ever that we act now to enhance our natural environment and protect our precious wildlife and biodiversity," said Boris Johnson.
Furthermore, the latest measures also include building strong flood defences since they are the most common type of natural disaster in the UK. A £5.2 billion investment was announced earlier this year in order to equip the nation with better ways to tackle the increasingly destructive impacts of climate change. These defenses will protect homes, businesses and essential services from both physical and economic damages that can be caused by floods.