No Nature. No Future.
Nature is under attack from a raft of announcements by UK Government. Politics may be in for a turbulent ride, but so is the UK’s wildlife and wild places, which continue to be threatened by changes to nature and climate laws.
We need to act together to #DefendNature.
Current threats include:
- The removal of important laws that protect nature, help to provide clean water and reduce pollution (through the Retained EU Law Bill)
- The introduction of a new Planning and Infrastructure Bill
- The review of nature-friendly farming schemes that reward farmers for managing land in a way that benefits nature and climate. with concerns that they will be watered down
These go against the explicit promises the Conservative Party made in their 2019 manifesto and the mandate they were elected to govern on. We have no option left to us but to ask our political leaders to represent us – their electorate. Together, we must #DefendNature.
These are serious and potentially catastrophic decisions which:
📣 Disregard the 2019 manifesto that stated a Conservative Government would deliver the most ‘ambitious environmental programme of any country on earth’, and promised to support farmers to restore nature
🐝 Undermine the UK Government’s legally binding commitment to halt species decline by 2030 in England, set out in the Environment Act less than a year ago.
Healthy wildlife and a thriving environment are the answer to many of the challenges we’re trying to tackle today. They are not burdens.
If you are on Twitter, please tweet your MP and include your local Councillors today – use our simple form to demand they #DefendNature nationally, locally and within Parliament. Tell them these attacks are not acceptable. Ask them to clarify that they know the risks, and plan to act.
Why are The Wildlife Trusts and other environmental charities so concerned?
We believe the UK Government has launched a full-scale attack on nature – leaving wildlife unprotected by tearing up some of the most fundamental laws we’ve got.
New planning laws and ‘investment zones’ announced by the Government on Friday 23rd September represent a ‘free-for-all’ on nature by weakening the laws previously in place to protect it from bulldozers and concrete. The new Retained EU Law Bill, currently progressing through Parliament could also see the end of basic protections, leading to the loss of designated wildlife sites and a relaxation on pollution laws, resulting in more sewage in our rivers and streams.
What’s more, the UK Government is also reviewing the new system that has been developed to reward farmers that help to restore the environment. Reports suggest that instead they might revert back to the old system of paying farmers depending on how much land they own (with larger landowners receiving more subsidy). This is a complete about turn on the farming reform the Conservative Party promised to deliver in their election manifesto in 2019.
Need more info?
To find out more from The Wildlife Trusts about these concerns, the list of attacks we’re seeing and find out more about this issue click here.