Brown: Green Revolution to Save UK

Britain first made its economic mark during the industrial revolution, and it hopes to repeat history during the green revolution. In a newspaper column on Sunday, on the heels of last week's G8 summit, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown issues a call to arms to Britons: He is determined that the UK be at the forefront of the transition to low-carbon societies, he writes, in large part "because this new approach will underpin [their] push towards economic recovery," providing new growth, jobs, industries and opportunities. The global environmental sector will be worth £4.3 trillion by 2015, he continues, and sustain tens of millions of jobs. "Just as the Victorians made Britain the first industrialized nation and reaped the rewards," he concludes, "so we can harvest the benefits of being among the first major developed countries to convert to a green economy."