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Caroline Lucas @CarolineLucas
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The Government has today released long-awaited draft of new Environment Bill. 💚🌍📜 This is welcome 👏 - but I see a number of alarming sections. 🤔🚨 A thread. 1/6
1⃣ The environmental principles currently guaranteed under 🇪🇺 law *must* carry the same legal weight as they do now. Draft clauses says Gov't should "have regard to" but we know that leaves too much wiggle room. This must change. 2/6
2⃣ Those key principles won't apply to any public spending decision or 'any other matter' specified by Government - a truly absurd caveat to vital rules protecting our oceans, wildlife and animals. This Get Out of Jail Free card must go. 3/6
3⃣ New watchdog won't be truly independent from government - it could be under threat if it challenges policy. In draft Bill, its budget 💷 and chair 🧐 are set by Government - instead, this should be Parliament. 4/6
4⃣Long-term targets for restoring soils 🌱, protecting rivers 🌊, and reversing declines in nature 🦔 are not legally binding. Without rigorous and enforceable targets, we won't get the changes we need. 5/6
All in all, this Bill is welcome step - esp that watchdog will be able to take Gov't to court - but over all it lacks the real ambition needed to restore the natural world. 🦔🍄🐸 Look forward to scrutinising and improving in Parliament. 6/6
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