Let’s Make The Case For Centre-right Environmentalism | Amin Haque

With climate protests taking place across the globe, many are yearning for action to be taken to deal with the diverse set of threats facing our planet. Deforestation, air quality, and biodiversity to name a few, these issues span multiple locations and interest groups. The debate has largely been dominated and championed by those of a left wing disposition. And not without reason; many on the right are skeptical of the effects of anthropogenic climate change and many who engage in environmental discourse are accused of existing merely existing to undermine or dampen the effects of climate policy. But our approach to climate policy will ultimately affect our economy, in addition to our foreign and domestic policy. The likes of Extinction Rebellion promote the anticapitalist dogma of degrowth; sweeping authoritarian measures that crack down on businesses and consumer choice. The answer does not have to be more socialism, especially considering the poor environmental records of socialist countries.

The protestors themselves were sporting signs unrelated to environmental issues. Various ‘F*ck Boris’ placards were seen on Friday despite the UK, and by the extension the Conservative Party, having a reasonably good track record with the environment. Britain has cut its carbon emissions over the past few decades moreso than nearly any other developed country, and other environmental records are consistently being broken.

Alas there remains a monopoly within environmentalist discourse, with differing opinions seen with suspicion. What is needed is an alternative perspective. One that engages with an incredibly large section of the population, of which are themselves concerned with environmental issues but feel disconnected with the revolutionary rhetoric of Greta Thunberg and The Socialist Worker. And also one that engages with the more skeptical fringes of the right, in order to make the argument that climate change is a very real and universal issue. The British Conservation Alliance does exactly that. Created by a team of rising stars from various strands of libertarian and conservative thought, the BCA aims to explore and promote a pro-market approach to environmental policy. With an advisory board sporting Ryan Shorthouse, founder of the liberal-conservative think tank Bright Blue, and Amber Rudd, the former Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, the group has potential to bring interesting and innovative ideas to the forefront. Policies which promote rather than hinder economic growth, such as the promotion of competitive energy markets and GMO technology, and the exploration of Green Bonds to empower the entrepreneurs in this country.

We have lots more to share in the future and to find out more and get involved, visit https://bca.eco

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