New poll shows people want the next Northern Ireland Assembly to deliver for nature and climate

Wednesday 16 March 2022

RSPB NI has today released the results of a poll that shows the public want politicians to deliver actions for nature and climate in the next Northern Ireland Assembly term.

The poll was released alongside RSPB NI’s Manifesto which is asking prospective political representatives to deliver outcomes for nature and climate in the next Assembly term.

The poll, conducted by LucidTalk on behalf of RSPB NI, demonstrates a clear link between public opinion and calls from environmentalists and conservation organisations.   
Key findings show that 74% of respondents supported the creation of an independent Environmental Protection Agency to enhance environmental protection in Northern Ireland. An overwhelming majority (90%) felt that it is important that any renewable energy developments introduced should not impact on species and habitats as society transitions to net zero carbon emissions.   
Protection of wildlife also scored favourably, with 93% of respondents believing that it is important to tackle wildlife persecution and 89% of respondents in favour of a Seabird Conservation Strategy.   
  
Commenting on the findings, Joanne Sherwood, Director at RSPB NI said,    
  
“Over the last few years, and most recently with the passing of the Climate Change Bill, we’ve witnessed increased public demand for our politicians to address the nature and climate emergency. This recent poll reinforces this and shows that the public want to see nature restored and protected as a means to tackle climate change.    
  
The next Assembly term takes us towards 2030 when many of our key environmental targets are due to be met, therefore, as a conservation charity, we’ve listened and have developed a Manifesto for Nature.  This outlines key actions we believe politicians who want to address the nature and climate emergency should commit to ahead of the election.”   
 
RSPB NI’s Manifesto for Nature outlines practical steps that the next Northern Ireland Assembly should take, including the creation of an independent Environmental Protection Agency, prioritising nature-based solutions to climate change, delivering an urgent recovery plan for our seas, and developing new agriculture legislation prioritising environmental public goods.    
   
The charity is encouraging supporters and those who want to see nature and climate prioritised to read and share this manifesto via e-action with their local Assembly candidates in the run up to the elections in May. For more information, visit: bit.ly/RSPBNIManifestoAction  

Last Updated: Monday 28 March 2022

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