Responding to the Prime Minister's 10 green pledge announcement, Dr Kat Kramer, Christian Aid's climate lead, said:
“It’s right that the Prime Minister is staking his reputation on his government’s climate policies. This leadership must continue all of the way through to next year’s crucial UN climate summit in Glasgow and beyond.
“The climate crisis is our greatest threat and poses acute danger to the world’s poorest people. That’s why the UK government must no longer use taxpayers money to fund fossil fuel projects overseas, while ushering in a new era of clean, green jobs at home.
“It’s mad for Boris Johnson to be calling on other nations to follow the UK’s lead and go net zero, yet at the same time his own government is using UK Export Finance to help oil and gas projects to be built in those countries.
“The UK has the potential to use its post-Covid stimulus to create a true green recovery that accelerates the decarbonisation of the economy and tackles climate change around the world. This means strong measures to improve our energy efficiency and to move rapidly towards using 100% renewable energy: there should be policies to manage the ending of the fossil fuel industry and to support green job creation, as part of a socially just transition.”