Pledge for the environment

As the enormity of the country’s decision to leave the EU sinks in, Plantlife is looking carefully at what environmental protection and funding may be in jeopardy; and where the opportunities lie.

The decisions our political leaders will make in the months ahead are complex and will have significant consequences for our wild plants and fungi. We need to ensure our voices are heard loud and clear and so we are working with partner organisations to ask our MPs to make a Pledge for the Environment.

As a minimum, we want any new legislation to be at least as strong as current arrangements as this is central to our future well being and prosperity. Currently European Directives underpin our conservation efforts as they protect our wildlife on land, air, seas and freshwater and have an important role in helping the UK meet its international obligations. We will need at the least the equivalent arrangement as these have proven to make significant improvements for our precious species.

Yet beyond this, Brexit offers us a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to establish a new and positive vision for our wildlife and countryside, building a sustainable and thriving farming sector where farmers are rewarded for restoring our wild plants and fungi, the habitats they form and ecosystems they drive.

It’s vital that our political leaders seize the moment if we’re to reverse the alarming trends highlighted in the 2016 State of Nature report. We believe that this is a chance for the UK to assert itself as a world leader on the environment and, to help make this a reality, we are calling on all MPs to sign the following Pledge for the Environment.

Please support this call by asking your MP to sign the pledge. A list of those who have is on the Green Alliance website.

The pledge

I believe that following the EU referendum, the UK government, working with administrations in Belfast, Cardiff and Edinburgh, must build a healthy and prosperous future for all.

This means a thriving natural world on land and at sea, clean air and water, communities connected to nature, and a sustainable economy.

For the wellbeing of my constituents, for people at home and abroad, and for future generations who will depend on a flourishing and secure planet, I will do everything in my power to:

  1. Establish the UK as a world leader on the environment by committing to match or exceed current environmental, wildlife and habitat protections.
  2. Ensure the UK leads on climate change by publishing robust low carbon investment plans and ratifying the Paris Agreement this year.
  3. Create a countryside richer in nature by supporting farmers and landowners to deliver environmental benefits alongside a thriving farming sector.

If you are an MP, and are interested in signing, please email: mp@environmentpledge.org.uk