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50+ nature charities and celebs tell PM: deliver on promises to protect nature, in law! - Wildlife & Countryside Link

Major new campaign to protect nature launches today (28 February) backed by 50+ nature organisations, plus celebrities and political figures

PM called on to lead the way globally on commitments to nature by putting nature promises into law ahead of hosting global talks

Public urged to sign petition to show support for legally binding nature protections - aiming for 250,000 signatures

Parliamentarians from across the political spectrum are backing the calls, including Hilary Benn MP, Roger Gale MP, Lord Krebs, Caroline Lucas MP, and Kerry McCarthy MP

More than 50 nature organisations, and well-known names including Steve Backshall, Chris Packham, and Stanley Johnson are supporting a new ‘State of Nature’ campaign launching today.[1] They are calling for the Prime Minister’s commitments to reverse nature’s decline by 2030 to be backed-up in law. This is vital to ensure promises to protect nature are actually delivered and that struggling species like hedgehogs, turtle doves, puffins, dolphins, bees, butterflies, newts, bats, rare orchids and cornflowers can thrive again .

In an open letter to the Prime Minister today the coalition has urged him to close the commitment gap between the UK’s action abroad and domestic action on nature’s decline. Despite the PM calling on world leaders, ahead of global climate and nature talks, to turn around wildlife’s decline by 2030, there is no commitment within the Government’s ‘landmark’ Environment Bill to do the same. In fact current targets in the Bill wouldn’t guarantee action for nature in England until almost 2038, nearly a decade later than the PM is asking others to commit to.[2] Experts are warning that the Environment Bill will fail to halt the decline of wildlife and the environment unless it includes a legally-binding nature recovery target.

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