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Why is life treated as less valuable than the depiction of life?

By George Monbiot

Writing for the Mail on Sunday, the home secretary, Suella Braverman, claimed: "There is widespread agreement that we need to protect our environment, but democracies reach decisions in a civilised manner." Oh yes? So what are the democratic means of contesting the government's decision to award more than one hundred new licenses to drill for oil and gas in the North Sea? Who gave the energy secretary, Jacob Rees-Mogg, a democratic mandate to break the government's legal commitments under the Climate Change Act by instructing his officials to extract "every cubic inch of gas"?

Who voted for the investment zones that the prime minister, Liz Truss, has decreed, which will rip down planning laws and trash protected landscapes? Or any of the major policies she has sought to impose on us, after being elected by 81,000 Conservative members - 0.12% of the UK population? By what means is the "widespread agreement" about the need for environmental protection translated into action? What is "civilised" about placing the profits of fossil fuel companies above the survival of life on Earth?

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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Oct 21st, 2022 at 05:34:49 PM EST
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