Dear Prime Minister

It is now clearer than ever before that the health of humanity is inextricably bound to the health of our planet. Your government has the opportunity to show global leadership, forging a path out of this crisis by putting a resilient economy, healthy communities, and a thriving natural world at the heart of the relief and recovery effort. We call on you to:

Create A More Resilient Economy - Invest in infrastructure, technology and skills to generate thousands of new jobs that directly contribute to a climate-safe future. Exclude high-carbon infrastructure, such as road-building and airport expansion, from being prioritised in public and private finance by putting every measure in the economic recovery package through a “net-zero test”.

Increase Space for Wildlife and People: Place the health and well-being of people and nature at the heart of the recovery by increasing access to nature-rich green space for everyone, as well as restoring and protecting our wild places on land and sea. Invest in nature-based projects, incentivise walking and cycling, and support sustainable food, farming and fishing.

Strengthen Nature’s Protections: Tighten the laws that ensure the natural world is protected not exploited, by ensuring the swift passage of environmental legislation, especially that needed as we leave the EU Transition phase. Rapidly scale up the implementation, monitoring and enforcement of our environmental protections (including on animal welfare) - and introduce targets in law across the UK for the restoration of nature on a massive scale.

Build Global Ambition: Lead the world in tackling the climate crisis and restoring nature by bringing global leaders together to plan for a green and sustainable recovery in the run-up to the United Nations COP26 event in Glasgow next year - making the most of the UK’s Presidency of the G7 in 2021, as well as cooperation with China in the run-up to the equally-important CBD COP15. Reducing our collective global footprint on nature is of the utmost importance.

This crisis has shown us the power of the collective human spirit - the value of community, friendship, and hope. There will be difficult choices in the weeks and months ahead as your government leads us out of this crisis. In doing so, we ask you to create something better and lead our countries to a new normal: a climate-safe, nature-rich, healthy world for all.

We would welcome the opportunity to meet you to discuss these principles - alongside relevant cabinet colleagues and heads of agencies - and would be happy to host such a meeting. In the meantime, we wish you all the best with the relief and recovery efforts over the coming weeks and months.

Butterfly Conservation urges the Prime Minister to seize this opportunity to restore nature and reverse the climate crisis. A resilient recovery will secure people’s incomes, improve the health and well-being of our communities and save butterflies and moths for future generations to enjoy and marvel at.


Julie Williams
Chief Executive

List of Signatories: 


Iceland Foods - Richard Walker, Managing Director

Barratt Developments plc - David Thomas, Group Chief Executive

The Body Shop - David P. Boynton, Chief Executive

Ben and Jerry’s - Anuradha Chugh, Managing Director

Social Enterprise UK - Peter Holbrook CBE, Chief Executive Officer

Triodos Bank UK - Bevis Watts, Chief Executive Officer

KeepCup - Abigail Forsyth, Executive Director

Bates Wells - Martin Bunch, Managing Partner

Good Energy - Juliet Davenport, Co-founder and CEO

Bioregional - Sue Riddlestone, CEO

Natracare - Susie Hewson, Founder and CEO

Toast Ale - Louisa Ziane, Chief Operating Officer

Olio - Ben Cullen, Managing Director

SunFresh Produce - Matt Godfroy, Founder and CEO

Too Good To Go - Jamie Crummie, Co-founder

LEAP - Matt Hocking FRSA, Co-founder

Circular Economy Club - Dr. David Greenfield, Director

Nature Friendly Farming Network - Martin Lines, Chair



RSPB - Beccy Speight, Chief Executive

National Trust - Hilary McGrady, Director General

Wildlife Trusts - Craig Bennett, Chief Executive

Woodland Trust - Darren Moorcroft, Chief Executive

Greenpeace UK - John Sauven, Executive Director

Green Alliance - Shaun Spiers, Executive Director

Surfers Against Sewage - Hugo Tagholm, Chief Executive

Wildlife and Countryside Link - Richard Benwell, Director

Ramblers UK - Tanya Curry, Director

Keep Britain Tidy - Richard McIlwain, Deputy Chief Executive

Slow Food UK - Shane Holland, Chief Executive Officer

Marine Conservation Society - Chris Tuckett, Director of Programmes

Plantlife - Ian Dunn, Chief Executive

Buglife - Matt Shardlow, Chief Executive Officer

Institute of Fisheries Management - David Bunt, Chairman

Campaign for National Parks - Corinne Pluchino, Chief Executive

Wildfowl and Wetland Trust - Dr. James Robinson, Director

Sustrans - Xavier Brice, Chief Executive

Butterfly Conservation Trust - Julie Williams, CEO

Faith for the Climate - Canon Giles Goddard, Co-founder

CPRE The countryside charity -  Crispin Truman OBE, Chief Executive

Open Spaces Society - Kate Ashbrook, General Secretary

Women’s Environmental Network - Kate Metcalf, Co-Director

The Badger Trust - Dominic Dyer, Chief Executive Officer

Rewilding Britain - Prof. Alastair Driver FCIEEM, CEO

Whale and Dolphin Conservation - Chris Butler-Stroud, CEO

Earth Watch - Steve Andrews, CEO

Bat Conservation Trust - Kit Stoner, Chief Executive

CHEM Trust - Dr. Michael Warhurt, Executive Director

Freshwater Habitats Trust - Jeremy Biggs, Co-founder and Director

Humane Society International - Claire Bass, Executive Director

Salmon and Trout Conservation - Paul Knight, Chief Executive

Shark Trust - Paul Cox, MD

Angling Trust - Jamie Cook, Chief Executive

Operation Noah - Nicky Bull, Chair

People’s Trust for Endangered Species - Jill Nelson, Chief Executive

Peterborough Environment City Trust - Stuart Dawks, CEO

One World Voice - Jaqueline Bourne, Chair

Climate Friendly Bradford and Avon - Rachel Burger, Chair

Sheffield Climate Alliance - Roscoe Blevins


Youth networks and individuals:

UK Youth 4 Nature

Bella Lack (nature writer and campaigner)

Dara McAnulty (nature writer and campaigner)

Holly Gillibrand (climate campaigner and writer)



Chris Packham (BBC wildlife presenter)

Deborah Meaden (business leader)

Kevin McCloud MBE (journalist and presenter)

Jerome Flynn (actor and campaigner)