New Environment Secretary must champion climate change action and nature
Reacting to news that Liz Truss has been appointed Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Friends of the Earth Executive Director Andy Atkins said:
"We welcome Liz Truss' appointment as Environment Secretary and look forward to working with her to clean up the mess left by her predecessor.
"Her priorities must include protecting households from the impacts of climate change, increasing flood defence investment, delivering a brilliant Bee Action Plan, and restoring nature across the UK.
"Above all, we hope she will mark a clean break with Owen Paterson by listening to science and striving for evidence-based decision making."
Commenting on Owen Paterson’s sacking as Environment Secretary, Friends of the Earth’s Executive Director Andy Atkins said:
"David Cameron is right to give Owen Paterson the boot – he’s the worst Environment Secretary the UK has had for decades.
"Mr Paterson has wilfully ignored scientific evidence on climate change, championed pesticide firms instead of bees and massively underinvested in flood defences, leaving thousands of households at risk of future flooding.
"His successor must show they are serious about safeguarding Britain's environment and protecting the nation from the growing threat of global climate change."
Notes to editors:
1. Last week Friends of the Earth dumped scores of wellies outside DEFRA to urge Cameron to “give Owen Paterson the boot”. Friends of the Earth press release (with photos): http://www.foe.co.uk/resource/press_releases/david-cameron-urged-give-owen-paterson-boot_09072014