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Michael Gove Named Environmental Secretary | The Worst Possible Appointment

Written by Nat Wallis

It’s difficult to think of someone more incapable for this role than Michael Gove. As Theresa May announced her new cabinet, she revealed Michael Gove would be taking the role as Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, succeeding his predecessor Andrea Leadsom.

michael gove environmental secretary

As Theresa May announced her new cabinet, she revealed Michael Gove would be taking the role as Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, succeeding his predecessor Andrea Leadsom.

Unfortunately, it is certain that Michael Gove will only take further measures to destroy the environment rather than protect it.

He voted to support the fracking mess that’s developed over the past few years and tried to wipe climate change from the national curriculum. Yes, really.

michael gove environmental secretary

The list goes on and on. Michael Gove also wants/has voted for:

  • Putting a tax on clean, renewable energy
  • A lift of the fox hunting ban
  • To not comply with international law to reach our climate targets
  • To continue the unscary, scientifically-illiterate badger cull
  • A stop to the compliance of EU environmental law that’s put in place to protect our quickly depleting environment

This is the man who recently described himself as a ‘soft Green’. I can assure you, Michael Gove has no regard for the environment.

Who is best suited to protect the environment? Labour or the Conservatives?

While it may be that he is inadequately suited for his new role, the blame should perhaps be with Theresa May. Twice now, she has appointed an MP unsuitable for the position.

michael gove environmental secretary

Andrea Leadsom, as she took up her role, had to ask whether climate change was real. She also publicly supported fox hunting and badger culling, essentially the environment which she was tasked to protect.

Now May has made the same mistake.

Climate change is arguably the most important world issue for our generation and the next. Theresa May sadly shows little regard for its importance.

Donald Trump removes the USA from the Paris Climate Agreement, putting climate change to the back of his agenda.

Not only in Theresa May’s appointment of Michael Gove but the whole General Election was almost entirely environment-free. Caroline Lucas, the leader of the Greens, sums up the problem:

“We have just emerged from a general election campaign that was almost environment-free. With bio-diversity in free-fall, the threat of an extreme Brexit, and accelerating climate change, it is sad that the environment has been conspicuous in the past seven weeks only by its absence. It received almost no mention in the leaders’

michael gove environmental secretary

It received almost no mention in the leaders’ debates and was glossed over in the manifestos. In the Conservative manifesto, air pollution was mentioned just once, despite the fact that the current crisis facing our country is linked to 40,000 premature deaths a year.”

While this is another sad step to further destroy the environment, the only thing we can do is speak up about it and make our voices heard. If you are passionate about the environment, veganism, health or ethics you shouldn’t support the Conservatives’ agenda.

Spread your opinions on social media, take up a vegan diet and do your bit to help the environment. Because we can’t depend on our ‘leaders’.

About the author

Nat Wallis

Nat comes from a background of cycling and fitness. After eating a regular diet for most of his life, he came accross the vegan lifestyle 3 years ago and has never looked back. Nat considers himself an animal activist, environmentalist and keen cyclist, while promoting the vegan lifestyle along the way.

He's now a registered personal trainer, gym instructor and currently working his way towards a Sport, Fitness and Coaching degree.

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