Butterfly Conservation is teaming up with a coalition of environmental organisations to put nature’s recovery in law and we need your help.
As we all know, nature is in trouble. In the UK, almost half of our wildlife is in long term decline including two-thirds of our butterflies and a third of our moths: We are one of the most nature-deprived countries in the world.
We need urgent action from the Government. The Prime Minister has been calling on world leaders to agree to stop nature’s decline by 2030. In the Autumn, governments will come together to agree on a global target to stop our natural world from being destroyed. But there’s no legal commitment to do the same here at home.
Promises to protect nature are meaningless if they’re not put into law. Time and again, we’ve seen that positive words come to nothing - this time there must be a legally binding target for nature’s recovery. However, the England Environment Bill, currently stuttering its way through Westminster, doesn’t guarantee action. In fact, no targets would be binding until 2038 - almost a decade later than the Government is demanding from other countries.
We have a once in a generation chance to put the weight of the law behind protecting nature and set a global lead. We are working with Parliamentarians to strengthen the Environment Bill with a State of Nature target, which would legally bind the Government to reverse wildlife declines by 2030.
We’ve written to the Prime Minister and now we’re asking you to add your voice to a petition to set targets in law for species and nature recovery.
Please sign our petition to the Prime Minister calling for a new legal guarantee for nature’s recovery by 2030. We need as many people as possible to show that we want our wildlife to be better protected and for the Government to legally commit to turning the tide for nature by 2030.
We hope that England can be the first country to set ambitious targets in law for the recovery of the natural world.
Please sign the petition here and share it on your social channels using the hashtag #StateOfNature
This is a petition addressed to the PM and Westminster Parliament, but Butterfly Conservation is also working to address concerns and influence policy all over the UK. We are working on policy actions on behalf of wildlife in time for the Scottish and Welsh elections as well as working on an ongoing basis with policymakers in Northern Ireland.
We are also working with partners to highlight issues around wildlife and biodiversity in London around the Mayoral elections.
For more information on this campaign to set targets for nature in the Environment Bill please click here
Thank you all for supporting stronger protections for nature!