Environment watchdog campaign
As the government consults on an new environmental watchdog, it's our opportunity to take action and make certain nature’s future protection.
A chance to save nature
Nature is in trouble. An audit of the UK's wildlife found that over half of species assessed had declined since the 1970s (see State of Nature report), with many of our much-loved animals, such as puffins, water voles and red squirrels, struggling.
The UK Government has committed to leaving the environment in a better state than they inherited it, and promised a world-leading, independent body to “hold government to account and give the environment a voice”.
The consultation on this watchdog has just closed and we’d like to say a big thank you to the 33,403 supporters who sent a response!
What nature really needs from government
If all our governments are serious about acting to reverse these declines, we need them to:
- Set out ambitious targets in law for nature’s recovery
- Act to close the gap in environmental protection that leaving the EU will create
- Work with the governments in Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland to co-develop and co-design strong watchdog functions that work across the boundaries of the UK, holding themselves and future governments to account.
We can do this – we’ve already got key wins
Right now, there are gaps in our domestic laws that pose huge risks for the nature we love. Our governments know they need to act to fill these gaps, which gives us a series of decisions we can influence.
In fact, this is about even more than securing nature’s recovery across the UK. With the global summit for nature (the Convention on Biological Diversity conference) just over two years away in 2020, our success at home now could pave the way toward greater ambition around the world.
We’ll need new nature laws
We’re already working hard publicly and behind the scenes to speed up action, from successfully influencing the EU Withdrawal Bill to generating thousands of submissions to the consultation on the England watchdog.
Thanks to the success of our Withdrawal Bill activity, the UK Government must now bring forward new environment legislation before the end of the year and the Prime Minister recently announced they would be doing just that.
We will be campaigning hard to influence what goes in it and we’ll need your help. Watch this space for more.
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