Zac Goldsmith is the British Environment Minister and he is a vocal advocate for the natural world. This letter template praises Zac Goldsmith's actions so far, expresses agreement on his stance, and encourages action.
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Dear Lord Goldsmith,
I hope that you are well. I am part of an environmental movement called Louder Than The Storm. We are dedicated to combating the Climate Crisis through educating, inspiring, and empowering people to enact change. We do this specifically through reframing the conversation in positive terms, engaging the creative voice, and celebrating the beauty of the earth.
I am writing in response to your recent tweet (April 7th 2020), in which you expressed a need to ‘reflect profoundly on our relationship with nature,’ and insisted on a ‘new covenant with nature.’
I am in no doubt that what you are saying is true, and I commend your actions to date through which you have been a vocal advocate for the environment. I want especially to congratulate your success in persuading the government to double climate funding to £11.6 billion, expand our ocean protection, and commit to a range of new funds which will help to protect and restore the most vulnerable parts of our planet - this is exactly the type of policy action that we need, and I hope that other politicians will take your lead in enacting such change.
I am sure that you are aware that whilst climate change is not a political issue, i t is, unfortunately, a human issue with political players. Policy decisions and government action will have a profound impact on the outcome of the climate crisis. Politicians make their position known through the votes they make on behalf of Britain. I want to encourage you first to continue your work within government, to hold our leaders accountable in their decisions, and to advocate for the natural world. Secondly, I want to ask you how you propose to enact drastic enough change and to realise the creation of a ‘new covenant with nature’ from a political perspective.
The statement made by Lord Gardiner of Kimble regarding the Environment Bill from October 2019 stated that ‘the case for tackling biodiversity loss and climate change is clear’, and that ‘the accelerating impact of climate change in this country, and around the world, is of profound public concern.’ It claims that it will help to ‘manage the impact of human activity on the environment, create a more sustainable economy, and enhance well-being and quality of life’ and promises that ‘environmental principles are embedded in Government decision-making and policy development.’ I wish to compel you to do all that you can to translate these sentiments into practice by ensuring that climate impacts are considered in policy decisions across the board, major or minor. The decision against the construction of a third Heathrow is certainly a success in this vein, but this is only the first and very small step.
The ‘Future Generations Bill’ is also a step in the right direction. Its commitment to holding corporations accountable, increasing preventative spending, and establishing a joint committee in parliament to entrench long-term policy decisions is commendable. However, positive moves do not equate to real-term progress. I’m sure that you will agree that incremental change and short-term policies are insufficient. The environment can no longer be relegated to specific policies and committees, it must permeate every single decision that is taken, it must be considered in every policy that is enacted.
I would like to know how you intend to keep the government to its word and how the government is going to reconcile economic agendas with the urgent need to take serious and impactful climate action.
I hope that you and your family are safe and healthy in these unprecedented times.
[INSERT NAME HERE]
For more background information, keep reading.
Despite losing his seat in the general election, the Rt Hon Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park was given a life peerage so that he could maintain his position as environment minister.
He is the Minister of State in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the Department for International Development and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.
As the Minister of State (Minister for Pacific and the Environment) his responsibilities include:
Climate Change, environment and conservation, biodiversity
He is passionate about the environment and a vocal advocate for it. According to his website he has ‘been able to secure some significant commitments and changes as an MP, whether strengthening our environment laws in the UK, leading the charge on the illegal wildlife trade, opposing Heathrow expansion or persuading the government to create a huge network of giant marine protected areas around our overseas territories…’
‘The Future Generations Bill’
The Bill takes a systematic approach to enshrining long term thinking into policy making. It comes off the back of growing concern that ‘short-termism’ in policy decisions will have a detrimental effect on climate outcomes.
It’s key proposals include:
Companies of specific sizes will be required to report on how their core activities impact the UK’s wellbeing goals.
The establishment of a joint committee in Parliament to examine prospective legislature from a long-term perspective. This build of a similar scheme is already in place in Finland.
Public bodies will be required to focus on increasing preventative spending.
A legal enforcement mechanism will ensure these changes are taken seriously.
https://www.gov.uk/government/people/zac-goldsmith [Accessed 9th April 2020]
https://www.zacgoldsmith.com/news/state-environment [Accessed 9th April 2020]