At the United Nations Summit on Biodiversity earlier this year the Prime Minister signed the Leaders' Pledge for Nature, committing the Government to action to address the nature crisis.
The pledge was signed by 77 political leaders across the globe and aims to step up collective global ambition to reverse biodiversity loss by 2030.
Speaking at the summit, the Prime Minister warned: “The natural life that so enriches our planet today is declining at a pace that is truly terrifying […] We are on the brink of a world in which the orang-utan and the black rhino can be found not in the jungles of Borneo or the savannahs of Africa, but confined to the pages of a history book.”
But the Prime Minister doesn’t need to look across the globe for examples of the truly terrifying decline of nature.
One of the most nature depleted countries on the planet
Here in the UK, one in seven species are at risk of extinction and 58% are in decline. On our very doorstep, the numbers of iconic UK species such as the hedgehog and water vole are in freefall and face joining other threatened species in the history books. When compared internationally, the UK is in the bottom 10% in terms of how much biodiversity still survives here.
We are one of the most nature depleted countries on the planet.
If the Government is serious about its ambition to finally turn the tide on nature’s decline, action must start at home.
That’s why it’s welcome to see the Environment Bill make its return to Parliament this week after a lengthy delay.
The Government says that the Bill will help to deliver on their manifesto commitment to delivering the most ambitious environmental programme of any country on earth.
But to achieve this world-leading standard, changes to the Bill are needed.