Tom Burke, Chairman of E3G, Third Generation Environmentalism, and a Visiting Professor at both Imperial and University Colleges, London and Senior Associate at the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability spoke to Conference about what he thinks of the future of environmental policy in Britain.
These are indeed challenging times and, for those of us working with the environment, somewhat paradoxical.
In all of the nearly fifty years he has been professionally engaged with the environmental agenda it has never been such a salient part of the public conversation.
Climate change, understandably, dominates. But the drumbeat of warnings about the scale of the damage we are doing to the environment and to ourselves rolls constantly from this week’s reports of the impact of fipronil on freshwater insect life to the slow burn impact of our perturbation of the nitrogen cycle…