A coalition of 80 charities led by Wildlife and Countryside Link (WCL), are urging all political parties to ramp up their ambition on environmental issues in the forthcoming general election. WCL launched the Nature 2030 campaign in July alongside Froglife and others, including the National Trust, The Wildlife Trusts, RSPB, and Woodland Trust.
As part of the Nature 2030 campaign, WCL has produced a series of videos featuring young people putting their nature questions to Chris Packham and Liz Bonnin. The young people asked some great questions and we hope this will remind everyone that action we take now will determine their future and the world their children will grow up in.
The Nature 2030 report outlines a 5-point plan of landmark measures needed to restore nature by 2030. The coalition is calling on all political parties to get behind these proposals in their general election manifestos to deliver on public appetite for greater environmental ambition and to meet binding targets for nature by 2030 and climate by 2050.
The 30 x 30 progress report shows that the rapid loss of wildlife shows no sign of slowing. Many ecosystems, from the uplands to the coastline, are in fragile condition, 15% of species are at risk of extinction in the UK, with the country being one of the most nature-depleted countries in the world. Over a third of nutrient pollution in rivers is caused by agricultural run-off and 90% of lowland ponds in the UK, critical habitat for amphibians, were lost in the 20th century, many from the farmed landscape. Heathland habitat, invaluable for our reptiles, has declined by between 30% and 50% in the last 60 years.
The nature 2030 Campaign calls on the next Government to prioritise a new “30 by 30 Rapid Delivery Project” to fulfil its commitment under the Global Biodiversity Framework to protect 30% of the land and sea for nature by 2030 and to secure an environmental legacy for the future. The project would consist of five commitments:
The 5 landmark commitments nature experts are seeking from political parties are:
- A pay rise for nature and farmers: Doubling the nature-friendly farming budget to £6bn to pay for ambitious farm improvements and large-scale nature restoration.
- Making polluters pay: Putting a Nature Recovery Obligation in law, requiring polluting big businesses to deliver environmental improvement plans, and funding to counter the damage they cause to nature.
- More space for nature by 2030: A 30×30 rapid delivery programme restoring protected sites and landscapes and creating a Public Nature Estate to fulfil the promise to protect 30% of the land and sea and deliver more nature in all communities.
- Delivering the green jobs we need: A National Nature Service, delivering wide scale habitat restoration and creating thousands of green jobs
- A Right to a Healthy Environment: establishing a human right to clean air and water and access to nature, building nature into decision making, enabling people to hold decision makers to account and driving changes that will recover nature and improve public health.
These align with the Froglife Strategy: Transforming Landscapes and Transforming Lives aims and targets and with our Mission Statement:
“We make practical differences to improve amphibian and reptile habitats.
We engage diverse communities and encourage learning about wildlife conservation.
We inform global research on amphibians and reptiles”.
What can you do to help?
For more information about the Nature 2030 campaign; download the reports
Or visit the Wildlife and Countryside Link website.
Join us and sign up to our open letter to all the UK political parties to challenge them to make a manifesto commitment that will make a difference by 2030.
**Sign the petition here.**