On Friday 6th December, Sheffield & Rotherham Wildlife Trust held a hustings at The Diamond in The University of Sheffield to put questions on wildlife, nature habitats and the climate emergency to candidates for the Sheffield Central constituency.
Chaired by Liz Ballard, CEO of Sheffield & Rotherham Wildlife Trust, four of the candidates – Paul Blomfield (Labour), Colin Ross (Liberal Democrats), Janice Silvester-Hall (Conservative) and Alison Teal (Green) – were asked questions on the themes of nature, wildlife habitats and the climate emergency.
The candidates responded on what they and their parties will do to tackle the ecological emergency and the policies they would introduce to achieve nature’s recovery. They were asked what more could be done to protect important wildlife habitats such as the ancient woodland of Smithy Wood from the threat of development, their position on issues such as HS2, badger culling, fracking and grouse shooting, how farmers could be helped to contribute to wildlife conservation and what they would do to reduce carbon emissions in Sheffield.
The audience also asked questions for the candidates on the topics of soil erosion, flood management, the importance of dialogue with young people on climate action and the need for greater funding for scientific research on environmental issues.
Liz Ballard, Chief Executive of Sheffield & Rotherham Wildlife Trust said:
“The upcoming General Election is a critical moment for wildlife in the UK. Our natural environment is in crisis – the UK is one of the most nature-depleted places on Earth and over half of our wildlife species are in decline.
“We are dependent upon nature for our wellbeing and prosperity, so it is vital that the next Government enacts ambitious measures that will guarantee wildlife’s recovery.
“Our members, volunteers and Wilder Future campaign supporters have shown time and time again that they want politicians to take action to protect nature, for wildlife and people for future generations to come.”
Click here to find out more about our Manifesto for a Wilder Future and how you can help nature in the General Election.