Environment Protection: Finance

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 1st May 2019.

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Photo of Caroline Lucas Caroline Lucas Green, Brighton, Pavilion

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much money his Department has allocated from the public purse to support the 2019 Year of Green Action.

Photo of Therese Coffey Therese Coffey The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

The purpose of the Year of Green Action is to encourage all sectors of society to play their part in taking action to improve the environment. We are supporting and amplifying the efforts of others through a small team co-ordinating promotional events and working with a number of charities, community groups and businesses to drive environmental action across Government and civil society. Key to this is our partnership with Step Up To Serve on the #iwill4nature campaign, which is seeking to encourage greater participation by young people from all backgrounds in environmental social action projects.

We have spent £94,000 on programmes to support the Year of Green Action to date and have allocated an additional £78,000 for the remainder of the financial year. This includes contributions to green action projects and events run by charitable bodies such as the Sensory Trust, Groundwork and the Campaign for National Parks, promotional materials and the development of a website to promote volunteering opportunities for all and amplify activity underway. This expenditure does not include in-kind contributions received from the many organisations promoting the Year of Green Action with Defra’s support. We also fund the staff costs of the team of policy and communications advisers supporting the Year of Green Action initiative.

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