The Prime Minister has called on world leaders to turn round nature’s decline by 2030. But there’s no commitment in law to do the same here at home. The Environment Bill is the last chance to set this right.
By writing the recovery of nature into law, the Environment Bill could start to address the nature and climate crisis. But the current wording fails to reflect the ambition or urgency we need.
We’re calling for a change to the Bill to strengthen the law. It would require the UK Government to set a legally binding target to reverse the loss of nature in England by 2030.
This is serious. The most recent ‘State of Nature Report’ showed – once again – the need for urgent action. Almost half of UK wildlife is in long term decline and 15% of species are at risk of extinction. [See our post here]
Over 50 nature conservation groups have joined together to urge the Prime Minister to make sure this crucial change gets through. While the amendment would apply to England only (because the Environment Bill’s provisions are mostly restricted to England) a strong response to the petition will influence the governments in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland too. You can sign this petition on behalf of English wildlife wherever you live and help to make a difference – so please do.
As Mark Avery pithily put it in an email today “if you care for wildlife in England you should sign this petition, please, unless you fully trust this government and future governments to reverse the decline in wildlife without a legally binding amendment to this bill. Please add your voice on Day 1 of this campaign – sign here.
Sign the petition to call on the Prime Minister to write the recovery of nature into the Environment Bill.