The Wildlife Trusts are part of Greener UK – a group of 13 major environmental organisations with a combined public membership of 7.9 million – which is hosting the only hustings to be focused on the environment. Conservative, Labour, Liberal Democrat and Green Party spokespeople will be at the hustings and will have the chance to set out their ambitions on the natural environment, climate change, international environmental leadership and what leaving the EU will mean for the environment.
Please see details further below if you would like to attend or follow the hustings which will take place on Tuesday 30th May 2017 from 6.30pm – 8pm.
The Wildlife Trusts and the general election
The UK General Election is happening at a crucial time for our wildlife. The Wildlife Trusts believe that next Government will have some big decisions to make as soon as they are elected. The majority of our environmental laws are currently wrapped up with our membership of the European Union and so are key policies that have a big impact on wildlife - including agriculture and fisheries.
For the 2017 General Election The Wildlife Trusts would like to see all parties commit to:
1. Nature's recovery in a generation. To achieve this will require us to transfer all current EU environmental laws into statute in the UK and ensure they are policed, and in England, to enact an Environment Act that restores the ecology of our rivers, farmland, soils and cities.
2. Protection of our marine wildlife through a well enforced and complete network of marine protected areas in UK seas and sustainable fisheries policies.
3. New sustainable policies for our farmland to allow wildlife to thrive alongside food production. Taxpayer’s money should be invested in creating abundant wildlife, healthy soils, clean water, climate change mitigation and adaptation, and beautiful landscapes for the benefit of everyone.
Find out how you can take action and help give nature a better future in the run up to the 2017 General Election! More details from The Wildlife Trusts here.