Politicians, not public, drive U-turns on green agenda, says UN biodiversity chief

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Date of Publication: October 11

Year of Publication: 2023

Publication City: London, UK

Publisher: The Guardian

Author(s): Patrick Greenfield

People are ahead of governments, says David Cooper, who blames backtracking on parties seeking ‘wedge issues’ for electoral gain.

Government backtracking on environmental promises is being driven by politicians and vested interests, not the public, the acting UN biodiversity chief has said, as he called for greater support for those experiencing short-term costs from green policies.

David Cooper, acting executive secretary for the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), told the Guardian he believed the public mood was not moving against greater environmental protections, and that vested interests opposed to action on the climate crisis and nature loss were trying to frustrate progress.

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