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Greens make case for new Environment Act

The Green Party has proposed a new Environmental Protection Act as part of a package of manifesto pledges aimed at building a green economy.

Launching its election manifesto this week, the Greens claimed that while other parties continued to ignore the environment, they would protect it.

The Party said the Environment Act would safeguard and restore the environment, protect and enhance biodiversity, promote sustainable food and farming, and ensure animal protection.

“The UK must lead the world in building a green economy and investing in a viable future – one that respects and nurtures the natural systems on which we depend,” said Green Party co-leader Caroline Lucas. “The Greens are the only party to truly recognise the importance of the environment.”

Among the Green’s other policies are to pilot a universal basic income; phase in a four day working week; abolish zero hours contracts; and protect freedom of movement.