I need your help, please speak up for me
My home is under threat and there are fewer places to find food every day. And I’m not alone: thousands of birds, insects and plants across the country are finding it harder and harder to survive.
The Wildlife Trusts and friends have convinced Westminster Government of the need for a new law – an Environment Act - to improve protection for wildlife. But not all politicians are convinced and to make sure the law not only protects wildlife but helps it to recover, we need everyone on board. MPs will be voting on this soon, so we need them to support a strong Environment Act, because a country with more wildlife is better for everyone.
The Trust has already written to all MPs in our area, but we need your help. Please arrange a meeting with them and help us show every MP that we care about local wildlife.
The campaign for a Wilder Hertfordshire and Middlesex starts here.
We need the Environment Act to give us:
Nature Targets: legal targets for nature's recovery that politicians must ultimately achieve and regularly report on progress towards e.g. safer air to breathe in our cities
A Nature Recovery Network: a joined-up network of habitats that provide enough space for wildlife to recover and for people to thrive.
A Nature Watchdog: an independent body to help people challenge decisions made by Government and councils, which have a negative impact on wildlife and our natural environment.
We need wildlife. Our natural world is valuable in its own right and is the foundation of our wellbeing - we depend on it and it depends on us. Without a healthy natural world the survival of humanity is at stake. By creating more space for nature, we can create a better world for people and wildlife.
Wildlife is in trouble. From rivers and woodlands, to birds and flowers, our natural world is struggling. Over half the species assessed in the State of Nature report have suffered since the 1970s, with many of our much-loved animals struggling. Just some of the declines we have seen in recent years include:
- 66% decline in the number of barn owls since the 1930s
- 90% decline in the number of common frogs since the 1980s
- 90% decline in the number of water voles since the 1990s.
Wildlife needs us. We can make a difference. A new and ambitious Environment Act can help reverse the trend of declining wildlife, setting out a plan for nature's recovery and creating a healthier natural world for us all.
An Act would...
1. Improve people’s access to nature, especially in towns and cities.
2. Create new wild areas and wildlife corridors across the country.
3. Keep our existing wildlife sites safe from harm.
4. Protect our best wildlife habitats under the sea.
5. Stop our soils washing away into rivers and the sea.
6. Improve air quality, especially in towns and cities.
7. Stop poisoning our rivers and streams with chemicals.
8. Reduce emissions that are contributing to climate change.
9. Protect people’s rights to a healthy natural environment.