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 other animals across England are finding it harder and harder to survive. Plants and trees are under pressure too.
The Wildlife Trusts and friends have convinced Westminster Government of the need for a new law – an Environment Act – to improve protection for our country’s wildlife. But not all politicians are convinced and to make sure the law not only protects wildlife like me but helps us 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 me – and better for you too!
“I don’t have an MP” – but you do.
Find your local MP here.
Please arrange a meeting with them and help us talk to every MP by Christmas.
The campaign for a wilder future starts here
Critically, 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.
Nature Watchdog: an independent body to help people challenge bad decisions made by Government and councils, which have a negative impact on wildlife and our natural environment.
How would an Environment Act help wildlife in the North East?
- Improve people’s access to nature, especially in towns and cities
- Create new wild areas and wildlife corridors across the county
- Keep the North’s existing wildlife sites safe from harm
- Protect our best wildlife habitats under the sea
- Stop soils washing away into rivers and the sea
- Improve air quality
- Stop poisoning our rivers and streams with chemicals
- Reduce emissions that are contributing to climate change
- Protect people’s rights to a healthy natural environment
- Avoid the loss of environmental protection laws after Brexit.
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. We need to move beyond the national stats into compelling local stories of wildlife loss) 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
- 95% decline in the number of basking shark in UK waters since 1950s
- 40% decline in the number of Atlantic salmon since the 1970s
- 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 missing wildlife, setting out a plan for nature’s recovery and creating a healthier natural world for us all.