Pledge for the Environment (Geoff Carr)
As the UK moves forward following the EU Referendum result, there is an opportunity to secure significant protection for our species and restoration of our nature.
Nature matters to all of us. The state of nature affects how our environment soaks up extreme rainfall, absorbs carbon, and provides clean water. It affects the health of our soils, fish stocks and pollinators. It affects how we can adapt to climate change, the liveability of our towns and cities, and the productivity of our countryside. It effects our physical and mental health.
As the UK moves forward following the EU Referendum result, there is an opportunity to secure significant protection for our species and restoration of our nature. We are calling on the UK government to set out its stall as a world leader on the environment by ensuring that special wildlife and wild places around the UK are protected for future generations.
But the loss of wildlife and wild places are continuing at an alarming rate. More than half of UK species are in decline, with 15 per cent at risk of disappearing altogether.
Over half (56%) of UK species have declined since 1970 - State of Nature 2016
As the Government negotiates the UK’s exit from the European Union, the UK government could seize the opportunity to be a world leader on the environment by ensuring that special wildlife and wild places around the nation are protected for future generations.
The EU has left a legacy of strong legislation and invested in many practical projects, that help to protect the environment we all love and share. We need to make sure this bedrock of protection is not lost – but we also need to build on it to help nature recover. Your voice can make the difference! Here are three things you can do today.
It has never been more important for MPs from all political parties to know that nature matters to us all. We need to see a commitment from the UK government to creating a future for the nation that is rich in wildlife, one in which vital environmental protections are not weakened but made stronger and more robust, so that nature on land and at sea can thrive again: good for wildlife, and good for people, too. You can show your MP how much you care.
As part of a broad coalition of organisations, we are calling on government to act now for wildlife and wild places: to create a Greener UK for all to enjoy. Find out what you can do here. Together, we can create a mass movement of support to ensure nature’s recovery on land and at sea.