Your help needed – new petition calling for Westminster to make nature recovery a binding legal commitment

NEW CAMPAIGN from Wildlife and Countryside Link (1st March 2021)

The Prime Minister has called on world leaders to turn round nature’s decline by 2030. But there’s no commitment in law to do the same here at home. The Environment Bill is the last chance to set this right. 

By writing the recovery of nature into law, the Environment Bill could start to address the nature and climate crisis. But the current wording fails to reflect the ambition or urgency we need. 
 
We’re calling for a change to the Bill to strengthen the law. It would require the UK Government to set a legally binding target to reverse the loss of nature in England by 2030. 
 
This is serious. The most recent ‘State of Nature Report’ showed – once again – the need for urgent action. Almost half of UK wildlife is in long term decline and 15% of species are at risk of extinction.
 
Over 50 nature conservation groups have joined together to urge the Prime Minister to make sure this crucial change gets through. Will you join us?
 
Sign the petition to call on the Prime Minister to write the recovery of nature into the Environment Bill. We must act now! 

Please add your voice to this campaign – SIGN HERE

5 thoughts on “Your help needed – new petition calling for Westminster to make nature recovery a binding legal commitment”

  1. A very extensive list of organisations that are involved in this, however there are a few conservation organisations that appear to be missing. Organisations like the BASC, the GWCT they have conservation in their title surely this would fit perfectly in their conservation credentials.

    What about the guardians of the countryside, the NGO and the SGA, surely they would welcome this to enshrine in law their conservation work that is always held up as the major benefit of their roles

    Or the NFU, or the countryside alliance surely they must want protection of nature enshrine in law

  2. Thanks for posting this. I have signed the petition. Just about every well known environmental group is calling for the government to set legally binding targets for environmental protection. The government has to be held accountable for its actions to redress climate change and the extinction crisis. Past performance has indicated that previous governments have dithered and delayed when it comes to nature.
    Frequently capitulating to vested interests, where money and profit is put before doing the right thing. Already we have seen this government allow the use of banned neonicotinoids for sugar beet production.
    This is not acceptable.
    Lets get this amendment enshrined in law so there is no way the government can slither its way out of meeting what are absolutely crucial targets if we want nature and our countryside to survive.

    1. “Already we have seen this government allow the use of banned neonicotinoids for sugar beet production.
      This is not acceptable.”

      Why is it ‘not acceptable’? What alternative do you propose sugar beet growers use which actually work?

    1. Please note that Westminster do not control environmental protection in Scotland, whose record on climate change and wildlife protection is significantly better than in England. Please support us in our campaign for even more authority over our affairs.

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