"Every few years, governments gather to make solemn promises about the action they will take to defend the living world, then break them before the ink is dry." Must read to understand the laughable, cynical empty promises and "pledges" still taking place.
"Johnson's pledges on the environment are worthless...These promises are not made to be kept. They are made to assure us, to distract us, to persuade us to put away our banners & go home quietly like good citizens, because the situation is under control."
I argue that international summits on protecting the living world may be worse than useless, as the pledges leaders make are designed to spread false assurance.
This week the govt pledged to protect 30% of England for nature. Tomorrow landowners begin afresh their slash-and-burn practices on England's 'protected' uplands. Absolutely spot on from in his column today:
‘Hope is the fire extinguisher governments use to douse public anger. But public anger is the only effective defence of the living world.’ - ⁦⁩. ⁦⁩ ⁦⁩ ⁦⁩ ⁦
Johnson's pledges on the environment are worthless. Worse is how cynical they are, says -Pledges are made to distract and placate us - but at this year’s UN biodiversity summit, public anger cannot be extinguished
Johnson's pledges on the environment are worthless. Worse is how cynical they are | George Monbiot