UK spends £680 million of its development assistance funds on fossil fuel projects
A new report, commissioned by the UK charity CAFOD, has found that the UK government has spent £680m (US$875 million) of its development assistant budget on fossil fuel projects since 2010. The report also found that since signing the international Paris Climate Agreement in 2015, the UK government's allocation of development assistance towards oil and gas projects actually increased. A government spokesman acknowledged that more needs to be done to ensure that UK development assistance aligns with the Paris Agreement.
A ComRes survey commissioned by Christian Aid found that 71% of UK respondents believe climate change is a more important issue than the UK’s departure from the European Union. Christian Aid is calling on the new Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, to prioritize tackling the climate emergency in light of the survey's fundings.