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Ethical Consumption 'An Issue for Us All'

Magazine article Public Finance

Ethical Consumption 'An Issue for Us All'

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Environment Secretary Margaret Beckett this week pledged that the government would play its part in helping to transform the nation's lifestyle habits into more environmentally friendly ones.

Welcoming the report of the Sustainable Consumption Roundtable, published on May 2, Beckett agreed that there was a greater public interest in ethical consumption.

'This is an issue for all us all; business, industry, individuals and government all share a responsibility to use our power as consumers to reduce our impact on the planet,' she said.

'If everyone consumed as we do in the UK, we would need three planets' worth of natural resources. In the UK, and in most other rich and developed countries, we are currently consuming way beyond our environmental means.'

The round table's report, I will if you will, called on the government to help people make greener and more ethical choices.

'People do appear ready and willing to see new policies introduced that will help them change their behaviour in the face of challenges such as climate change and global poverty,' the report states.

'They are looking to government to make it easier for them to do the right thing. …

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