Society is indeed a contract. It is a partnership not only between those who are living but between those who are living, those who are dead, and those who are to be born.
— Edmund Burke

The Conservative Environment Network is an independent forum, MP Caucus, and membership organisation for conservatives who support conservation and decarbonisation. As such, we: 

  1. create a positive agenda for the environment across the conservative movement, finding unity and common purpose, and directing it towards real change;

  2. are a platform for different parts of the conservative movement to express and debate views on how to achieve better environmental outcomes;

  3. act as network, mobiliser, and convener and do not undertake policy research ourselves;

  4. rely on peer-reviewed research to inform any positions we take or topics we discuss; and

  5. are independent and transparent about our funding and sponsorship. 

Find out about Our Priorities here.

Conservative Environmentalism sees the health and economic resilience of future society as partly rooted in decisions taken today. It favours decentralised solutions which harness the power of free markets, thereby aligning economic and environmental health. Where necessary, it asks governments to facilitate such markets. It recalls to us the clear messages handed down by generations of conservative thinkers from Edmund Burke to Adam Smith to Margaret Thatcher. It reclaims the positive environmental track record of conservative governments around the world.

CEN staff, our work and our projects are funded by philanthropic foundations and donors. We are extremely grateful for support from the European Climate Foundation. CEN works through promoting conservative voices within the environmental movement and promoting environmentalism in conservative politics. We do this through a combination of thought leadership, convening and the fostering of networks both in public and privately. Leading NGOs and businesses shape their approaches to environmental policy

We also collaborate with like-minded partners on events and reports on an ad hoc basis, which often involves sponsorship funding. If you're interested in working with CEN on a future project or event then please do get in touch.

Our Reports