Hounslow Green Party

18 September 2016

Conservationists and politicians came together this week, in the wake of a shocking new report into the UK environment. The State of Nature report, compiled by over 50 conservation groups such as the RSPB and the National Trust, had a huge impact as it trended nationally on Twitter. Want to know the gist of it? Here are its five most important points:

— 1 in 10 UK wildlife is threatened by extinction.

— Numbers of endangered creatures have plummeted by two thirds since 1970.

— Over half of species have declined since 2002.

— Public funding for biodiversity has fallen by 32% in the last eight years alone.

— The UK is now “among the most nature-depleted countries in the world.”

The launch of the report provided an opportunity for Andrea Leadsom, the new Secretary of State for Environment, to make one of her first speeches. Previously, Leadsom has courted controversy by reportedly having to ask “if climate change was real” before being appointed to her previous post. 

“Following our decision to leave the EU, we now have a unique opportunity to develop a set of policies tailored to the needs of the United Kingdom, our species, and our habitats,” she said. “We have truly ambitious plans to transform our approach to the environment.” 

Read More: The Oceans Are So Polluted Crabs Are Living Out Of Bottle Caps

David Attenborough agreed that we now have a huge opportunity to act in defence of nature. 

“The report is very important. Our wonderful nature is in serious trouble and it needs our help as never before,” he said. “This document produces facts and figures. We are living at a time of climate change so we need to know what is happening to wildlife. It gives us a huge opportunity. I hope we can take it.” 

Extract from article at Global Citizen (here).
Written by James Hitchings-Hales

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