In an unprecedented show of cross-party consensus, senior figures from the Conservative Party, the Labour Party, the Liberal Democrats and the Green Party today joined together in the national interest to set out the environmental case for remaining in Europe.
In a new document, published today by Britain Stronger In Europe, Liz Truss, Ed Miliband, Caroline Lucas and Ed Davey set out the 10 green reasons for remaining in Europe - and the 10 reasons the Leave campaign can't be trusted on the environment.
The EU is a major boost to the UK's green economy, supporting jobs and growth in Britain. It also supports the UK's environmental efforts in a number of other ways, including:
• Keeping our oceans clean and protects ocean wildlife;
• Taking action to improve our air quality;
• Investing in renewable energy, helping us ensure a more sustainable future;
• Leading the fight against climate change;
• Leading the way on global climate agreements for thirty years;
• Providing vital protections for Britain's nature and wildlife;
• Standing up against the killing of endangered species and for animal rights worldwide;
• Providing environmental expertise and information to Britain from across Europe.
In contrast, senior figures in the Leave campaign have a track record of opposing environmental measures - and even denying the existence of climate change.
Writing in the foreword to the landmark report, Ed Miliband, Liz Truss, Caroline Lucas and Ed Davey said:
"Being in Europe magnifies Britain’s voice in the world on the issues that will define our future. Climate change and the future of our environment is a defining issue of our generation.
"Our environment at home is a source of joy and wellbeing for many, but also a vital resource. Its multiple habitats, features and species must be protected.
"Our global climate must be safeguarded to prevent against further global warming, and collective action is the only solution to rising seas and rising temperatures.
"The European Union is central to both these challenges."
Being in Europe magnifies Britain’s voice in the world on the issues that will define our future. Climate change and the future of our environment is a defining issue of our generation.
Our environment at home is a source of joy and wellbeing for many, but also a vital resource. Its multiple habitats, features and species must be protected.
Our global climate must be safeguarded to prevent against further global warming, and collective action is the only solution to rising seas and rising temperatures.
The European Union is central to both these challenges.
Here at home, EU action is helping to improve air quality, brings vital protections for Britain’s nature and wildlife, and provides investment in renewable energy to bring down emissions.
Internationally, the EU is a leader in the battle to secure binding agreements on climate action. The EU’s own Emissions Trading Scheme was the first international system for trading emissions allowances and Europe has been at the forefront of environmental milestones, from the UN Climate Convention, the Kyoto Protocol to the Paris Agreement last year.
And let’s not forget that Europe’s global leadership on the environment brings domestic economic rewards with EU investment creating jobs in our renewables sector.
Those campaigning for Britain to leave Europe cannot be trusted on the environment. They have opposed vital green measures and denounced climate change as “mumbo jumbo”. They demonstrate a cavalier ignorance about climate matters which embodies the extreme and out-dated outlook of those who want to leave.
If Britain leaves Europe, our environment, our wildlife and our global habitat will be starved of investment, bereft of protections and denied the leadership it needs.
With the added clout of 27 other member states we can tackle environmental problems like preventing trade in illegally logged timber, and preventing commercial whaling, and cracking down on the black market trade in ivory and rhino horn.
Out of Europe, our legacy to future generations will not just be a Britain that is weaker and worse off but a global environment that is under threat.
That is why we are backing Britain Stronger In Europe, which is putting environment at the heart of our campaign.