It’s easy to feel despondent about politics today, especially on the issue of sustainable development. But Matthew Spencer, director of the environmental think tank Green Alliance, is “cautiously optimistic” about the year ahead, arguing that democratic debate and strong government policy must shape the solutions to our sustainability challenges.

“Green Alliance has been at the heart of almost all of the big debates about environmental policy and decision-making over the last 35 years,” he tells me. “We specialise as people who are driven by environmental values but understand politics and are ...


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