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Campaigning on the environment

The UK’s conservative movement has a proud history of environmental leadership at home and abroad.

Conservatives established the Department for the Environment in 1970, with its first Secretary of State attending cabinet that year. Margaret Thatcher was the first world leader to warn about the danger of climate change at the UN’s General Assembly in 1989. Three decades later, under Theresa May, the United Kingdom became the first major economy in the world to enshrine its net zero by 2050 target in law.

With the clock ticking to tackle climate change and halt the decline of nature, there has never been a more critical time for conservatives to lead on the environment.


This is your guide to environmental leadership as a councillor, including the conservative case for protecting the environment, how environmental action can lower the cost of living and ideas for your campaign literature.

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