Boris Johnson has promised a â€˜New Dealâ€™ to deliver jobs, skills and infrastructure, but environmental campaigners have criticised the plans for being out of touch with the voices of the nation.
In a speech delivered yesterday (June 30), the Prime Minister committed to â€˜build back better, greener and fasterâ€™ to â€˜tackle this countryâ€™s great unresolved challenges.â€™
In the speech, he set out plans to accelerate Â£5bn worth of infrastructure projects, with promises to spend Â£100m for 29 road networks, Â£1bn for the new ten-year school rebuilding programme, Â£96m to accelerate investment in town centres and Â£1.5bn in hospital spending.
However, environmental campaigners have criticised the plans, Tanya Steele, chief executive at WWF, said: â€˜The Prime Minister is out of touch with the scale of the climate challenges and with the thousands of voices being raised in Parliament today calling for a recovery thatâ€™s good for the economy, for people and for our planet.
â€˜To avoid catastrophe we need a low-carbon, nature-powered recovery, not one weighed down by tarmac and concrete. This is another missed opportunity â€“ and we donâ€™t have many chances left.â€™
The Prime Minister also announced plans to have more zero-carbon buses, new cycleways, a global centre for EV battery technologies and net-zero aeroplanes.
However, these commitments have also been criticised for not going far enough, Friends of the Earth campaigner Muna Suleiman said: â€˜The Prime Minister did little to suggest that he recognises the true scale of the climate and nature emergencies our planet is hurtling towards.
â€˜A green and fair recovery should be the centrepiece of government plans, not some detailing at the very edges.
â€˜Boris Johnson wonâ€™t build back greener by investing in yet more roads, which will only lock us further into the climate crisis.â€™
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