Both Prime Minister Tony Blair and Conservative Party Leader Michael Howard this week made key speeches on the environment.
Tony Blair in a speech to the Prince of Wales Business and Environment charity said that he wanted people to be more educated about how to contribute to protecting their environment.
The Prime Minister, in an earlier meeting with environment professionals, said: The problem for a lot of people as individuals is that its not that they dont care, they just dont know how to live environmentally sustainable lifestyles.
They get confused about whether they are making a difference or not.
Meanwhile, in a speech at a Green Alliance and Environmental Resources Management forum Michael Howard accused the Government of not doing enough to create a sustainable future. He also highlighted that of the 10 local councils that have the best records for recycling, eight are Conservative.
He added: The environment needs a Government that is prepared to set a regulatory framework that is fair, sensitive and effective, that is prepared to lead by example, and that is prepared to stand up and be counted in the international community.