ECO ACTION - The new government must 'Restore Nature Now' to protect our futures - The Droitwich Standard

ECO ACTION - The new government must 'Restore Nature Now' to protect our futures

Droitwich Editorial 7th Jul, 2024   0

THE SITUATION with regard to Nature in the UK is extremely urgent.

It has been repeated many times the UK is one of the most nature-depleted countries in the world.

Since the 1970s, 80 per cent of our butterflies have gone, 19 per cent of our wildlife has been destroyed and one in six species are now in danger of extinction.

These facts were laid out by Chris Packham at the Restore Nature Now rally in London which was supported by almost 100,000 people.

He also mentioned the State of Nature Reports which blame farming practices for the decline in insects and birds. Around 300 very different organisations supported the rally, but it was an entirely peaceful, colourful and family-friendly event.

Today’s new government will need to address many important issues – surely one top of the list is the climate and biodiversity crisis and the best way to achieve progress with this is to quickly pass the Climate and Nature (CAN) Bill which was written to address these issues and was half-way through Parliament when it was dissolved for the election.

This Bill, written by UK scientists, economists and policy experts (already supported by more than 350 councils, 180 MPs and peers and more than 500 UK businesses and organisations), requires the Government to deliver a joined–up environmental plan, as the climate and nature crises are deeply intertwined.

The UK Climate Act 2008 sets a target of 80 per cent reduction of emissions by 2050 compared with 1990 levels.

The Climate and Nature Bill enforces this and will help in halting and reversing the decline in nature, thus setting nature measurably on the path to recovery by 2030.

It would prioritise nature in decision-making and end fossil fuel production and imports as rapidly as possible.

Jobs would be protected with a programme of retraining for those working in the fossil fuel industry.

People would have a say in finding a fair way forward through an independent and temporary Climate and Nature Assembly, representative of the UK population – an essential tool for bringing public opinion along with the unprecedented pace of change required.

The legislation would bring huge benefits to ordinary people in the UK including warmer, better insulated, homes, cheaper energy bills using home-grown renewable energy, cleaner air from reduced pollution and more local green jobs.

It would also bring better public transport, more green spaces, giving wildlife a chance to recover, and – last but not least – cleaner rivers free from sewage or toxic chemicals.

There is no time to lose. The UK signed the COP 15 agreements, which commit us to securing a nature positive world by 2030.

We all have a responsibility to act so our children will have a liveable future on Earth.

The priority of whoever has won this general election must be to Restore Nature Now before it is too late.

Email [email protected] or visit the ‘Bromsgrove Climate Action’ Facebook page for more.

This column was provided by Bromsgrove Climate Action

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