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UK | 1 December 2022

Letter from ClientEarth to UK Environment Secretary Thérèse Coffey
Wildlife & habitats
Environmental justice
Rule of law
Air pollution

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Letter from ClientEarth to UK Environment Secretary Thérèse Coffey

This is a letter written by ClientEarth's Head of UK, Kyle Lischack, to the UK's Secretary of State for Environment, Thérèse Coffey. The letter makes clear our concerns that key mechanisms under the Environment Act 2021, such as the Environmental Principles Policy Statement and the environmental targets, have yet to be finalised despite being mandated by law. 

At the same time, the Government is forging ahead with the Retained EU Law (Revocation and Reform) Bill which threatens to rip up fundamental environmental protections.

In this letter we urge the Secretary of State to follow through on the Government's commitment to uphold and deliver on the ambitions contained in the Environment Act 2021. Without a fully implemented environmental governance framework we will not have the necessary tools to halt the decline in biodiversity in this country and prevent further pollution of our air and water, as well as ensure full accountability in environmental policymaking.