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Responding to reports of Owen Paterson’s sacking as Environment Secretary today, 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