Ac­tion to save wildlife

Runcorn & Widnes Weekly News - - Yourviews - Anne Selby Chief ex­ec­u­tive North Mersey­side Wildlife Trust

CLI­MATE change, global warm­ing, eco­catas­tro­phy, ex­tinc­tion of species – all are be­com­ing com­mon in news re­ports around the world.

Yet con­ser­va­tion­ists at the Wildlife Trusts fear that these pos­si­ble dis­as­ters are be­ing ig­nored by politi­cians and they want them to act NOW ... be­fore it is too late.

The Wildlife Trust for Lan­cashire, Manch­ester and North Mersey­side has joined the cam­paign to en­sure the UK is at the fore­front of de­ci­sions that could save the world.

And it be­lieves that this should start with an En­vi­ron­ment Act which will con­tinue to recog­nise pro­tec­tions of our species and add to those safe­guards.

The trust is call­ing on its mem­bers to lobby their MPs who can as­sure their con­stituents that they are con­cerned about the fu­ture of the planet.

We are fac­ing mass ex­tinc­tions un­less im­me­di­ate ac­tion is taken. In the UK we can­not be com­pla­cent about the prob­lems in our own coun­try. And we can­not just look at the en­vi­ron­men­tal is­sues in our own re­gion with­out link­ing them to the rest of the planet.

Tur­tle doves and night­jars no longer live in the North West, other bird num­bers have plum­meted since the end of the war. Hedge­hog num­bers in the UK have fallen from five mil­lion to less than a mil­lion to­day. Swal­low pop­u­la­tions have de­clined by 45%

It re­ally is that se­ri­ous, the time has come for a change of at­ti­tude to the en­vi­ron­ment and we must put pres­sure on our own lo­cal politi­cians to en­sure that the North West and UK are at the fore­front of sav­ing our pre­cious wildlife be­fore it is too late.

The Wildlife Trusts want to en­cour­age every­one to write to their MPs so that they will sup­port a strong and mean­ing­ful En­vi­ron­ment Act, an act that this Gov­ern­ment has promised next year.

We need a reg­u­la­tory frame­work that is not a down­grad­ing of the present sys­tem of laws which have safe­guarded our wild places for 45 years.

We now need an En­vi­ron­ment Act with teeth.

We need to mo­bilise young peo­ple as well as older peo­ple to can­vas their politi­cians of all per­sua­sions.

The trust wants its mem­bers and sup­port­ers to con­tact their lo­cal MP and ask them to:

Pledge their sup­port for a strong and rel­e­vant En­vi­ron­ment Bill in 2019.

En­sure that safe­guards to pro­tect wildlife are re­tained and strength­ened.

Show their sup­port by send­ing a pic­ture or a selfie with a mes­sage of sup­port for the En­vi­ron­ment Bill.

Con­tinue to ‘make a noise for wildlife’ in the cor­ri­dors of power.

We need strong lead­er­ship and we need a change of at­ti­tude of the vast ma­jor­ity of the peo­ple in this coun­try. While it is nice to preach to the choir, we now need to work with our mem­bers and sup­port­ers to en­sure the pro­tec­tion of wildlife is handed over to fu­ture gen­er­a­tions giv­ing them at least some hope of turn­ing the tide away from en­vi­ron­men­tal dis­as­ter.

Find out more about the En­vi­ron­ment Bill and how you can sup­port it on so­cial me­dia un­der #wilder­future or on https://www. lanc­­ture-cam­paign

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