Well, there’s never been a more important time to stand up for nature and make a real noise about it.
Friends of the Earth emailed this morning. Essentially, the UK is planning what they describe as a bonfire of the laws protecting our environment.
Even in national parks, the UK government’s investment zones could concrete the countryside. Developers would have a field day. Rules which limit river protection could go. So could those protecting us from toxic pesticides. If the Retained EU Law Bill goes ahead, Friends of the Earth say that hundreds of environmental laws could be torn up.
Prime Minister Liz Truss is going all out for deregulation on a scale never seen before.
We all need to unite like never before and stand up for nature. Over 70 organisations – including Friends of the Earth – have written to the government demanding a change of direction.
I am quoting from the petition page:
"To: the UK government
- Don’t axe the laws that protect our environment – commit to making them stronger instead.
- Protect nature in “investment zones”. Don’t let them turn into concrete jungles bereft of wildlife.
- Make planning rules work for people and nature - especially communities with limited access to nature."
As Friends of the Earth point out, a recent YouGov poll found that 81% of UK adults believe that wildlife and the environment are under threat. We need to stand up for nature. Just over 80,000 people voted Liz Truss in as PM. That’s a tiny amount compared to the number of nature lovers in the UK.
Please take the 5 steps outlined by the Wildlife Trusts and contact your local MP and councillor. We need to make some serious noise for nature.
Please join in the conversation about conservation and the People's Plan for Nature... find out more and join in (by 30th October 2022)
We need to protect nature.