Campaign for a Wilder Future
A Campaign for a Wilder Future
Each year we are losing more wildlife in the UK. We want to reverse this trend by creating more space for nature and encouraging everyone to help wildlife whether they live in the countryside or urban areas. We need your help to make this happen.
For the first time in over 20 years, the government plans to introduce a new Environment Bill this year. This could be good news for wildlife. But the first draft they published in December last year is inadequate. It lacks real power. It risks leaving wildlife and nature in this country worse off than before.
We need you to let your MP know how important wildlife and the environment are to you.
Since the 1970s, more than half of species in the UK have declined, and 15 per cent of species are threatened with extinction. Incredibly the UK is ranked 189 out of 218 countries for its biodiversity. What is happening to our green and pleasant land?
There are two major pieces of legislation focusing on agriculture and the environment that are due to pass through parliament over the coming months, in order to prepare the UK for life after Brexit. This legislation needs to protect humans and wildlife for years to come. This is a once in a generation opportunity to make a real difference for the environment and wildlife.
We want strong environmental laws after we leave the EU, with legally-binding targets to improve the environment. We also want an independent watchdog that can take legal action against businesses and the government if they break the law.
We have the opportunity to replace the EU Common Agricultural Policy, which rewards people for the amount of land they own rather than the sustainability of the way they manage their land, with a scheme that places a greater emphasis on encouraging landowners to protect water from contamination, and maintain good quality soil that will sustain crop growing for centuries to come.
Our nature reserves are jewels in the crown of nature, but areas where wildlife thrives need to be physically joined up because wildlife needs space to find a home, hunt for food, and breed. We are calling for local authorities to create Nature Recovery Networks that map out areas of land that we need to protect and join up. This would include nature reserves and other protected sites, as well as heaths and meadows; road verges, parks, hedges and woods; and rivers, streams, ponds and lakes.
Please contact your local MP and councillors to let them know how you feel about your local wildlife, the necessity for clean water and healthy soil, and the need to protect and join up spaces for nature.
Also, please keep feeding wildlife and providing them with a home in your garden. Every action you take, however small, is better than no action at all. Tell your friends and family and share your photos of wildlife and how you are helping to protect it on social media using the hashtag #WilderFuture
Together we will make a difference for our precious wildlife and natural world.
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Why we need a Wilder Future
This is a once in a generation opportunity to make a real difference for the environment and wildlife.