Whilst I am empathetic to your views, I do support the Environment Bill. During this period of national emergency, green spaces have been a life-line for many, and we should all do our utmost to protect and conserve them.
The UK Government has set out its environmental ambitions, this Bill will be the cornerstone from which to deliver upon these ambitions. This includes the net-zero 2050 target, improving our local wildlife, cleaning up our seas and oceans and preserving the fish that dwell within them, maintaining our green spaces, clamping down on illegal waste and improving air quality. Further, the Environment Bill helps consumers to making purchasing decisions that will support the market for more sustainable products, including powers to introduce a clear product labelling system. I applaud these ambitions, but do not want to see jobs and livelihoods being put at peril in achieving our environmental objectives.
I believe that this Bill sets out some of what you wish, including robust and realistic targets. Further, the Environment Bill will establish a new public body to act as an independent domestic watchdog, which will monitor progress in improving the natural environment. As a believer in democracy, accountability and representation, I argue that such a body must be incredibly limited in its powers and only act within a narrow confine.
I will continue to champion environmentalism, and believe that the Environmental Bill put forward by the Government is the best mechanism to achieve its environmental ambitions. However, I believe that in doing so, we must ensure that it is conducted in a manner that upholds the values of democracy and accountability whilst also ensuring that our economy and jobs are not put in danger.