Greta Thunberg has rejected Boris Johnson's promise of a "green revolution" after the government approved the use of a pesticide to kill bees and a new coal mine.
The Prime Minister has spearheaded efforts to green the world economy, for example promising to cut greenhouse gas emissions significantly.
Ministers have claimed that the UK's exit from the EU will allow them to put the environment at the heart of agricultural and food policies. Michael Gove said, "The most important public good we will invest in is improving the environment."
Climate protection activist Greta Thunberg (18) (pictured) questioned Britain's "green revolution" after Boris Johnson's government approved a pesticide to kill bees that is "so toxic that the EU has banned it" .
However, Greta, the 18-year-old climate change activist with 4.4 million followers, suggests the UK government's actions contradict those promises.
Greta had a number of clashes with Donald Trump over his refusal to accept the dangers of man-made climate change, and it seems her attention is now focused on Boris Johnson's credibility.
She was asked to speak out after the Minister for Food and Agriculture, George Eustice, gave UK farmers permission to use a pesticide that poses a known risk to bees and is banned by the EU for political reasons.
She wrote on Twitter: "The British government has announced that a pesticide that is so toxic that the EU has banned it can be used in England."
"New coal mines and pesticides … the so-called 'green industrial revolution' in Britain is off to a good start."
Questioning the government's claims and motives, she added, "Very credible indeed."
The Prime Minister (pictured) has spearheaded efforts to green the world economy. However, Greta suggests that the UK government's actions contradict these promises
The tweet sparked a backlash against the government and the creation of a petition asking ministers to reverse the decision.
Comedian and former Bake Off host Sue Perkins urged people to sign the petition saying, "I'm so tired of the endless, endless lies."
The controversy includes the decision to allow sugar beet growers in the UK to use a neonicotinoid chemical called thiamethoxam to treat seeds to protect crops from a virus.
Approval to use the chemical for up to 120 days has been obtained from the National Farmers' Union and British Sugar, of which Paul Kenward is Managing Director. He is married to Conservative MP and Home Secretary Victoria Atkins.
Supporters of the chemical argue that despite the official EU ban, some member states have approved its temporary use in an emergency.
Critics of the government's decision include the Wildlife Trusts, who tweeted, “Bad news for bees: The government has bowed to pressure from the National Farmers Union to agree to the use of an extremely harmful pesticide.
“The government knows the clear damage neonicotinoid pesticides do to bees and other pollinators, and only supported restrictions on them across the European Union three years ago.
"Insects play an important role like plant and wildflower pollination and nutrient recycling, but so many have seen dramatic declines."
Just last week, environmental activists attacked a government decision to allow the country's first new deep coal mine in 30 years, despite promising to eliminate net carbon emissions by 2050.
The pit in Cumbria in northwest England would create 500 jobs in an area dependent on the nuclear industry and seasonal tourism.
Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick's decision not to block the program is seen by environmentalists as a sign that the Conservative Party will prioritize economic growth over climate change.
The tweet to her with 4.4 million followers sparked a backlash against the government and the establishment of a petition calling on ministers to reverse the decision that the Wildlife Trusts described as "bad news for bees" (archive image)
The government has also used Brexit to advance the development of the GM – Frankenstein food production – which could manipulate the genes of crops and livestock.
In the past, UK governments have supported US efforts to get the EU to accept genetically modified crops and foods. In contrast, the governments on the continent along with Scotland and Wales were far more skeptical.
A Defra spokesman defended the decision to approve the sugar beet chemical, saying, “Emergency pesticide permits are only issued in exceptional cases where diseases or pests cannot be controlled in any other sensible way. Emergency permits are used by countries across Europe.
“Pesticides can only be used where we believe that human and animal health will not be harmed and that there are no unacceptable risks to the environment. Temporary use of this product is strictly limited to a non-flowering crop and is strictly controlled to minimize the potential risk to pollinators. "
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