What's in a word? - Help bats with the power of one word - Bat Conservation Trust

We are calling on our supporters to join us and raise their voices after the Government published a weakly worded amendment to the Environment Bill that no longer sets a target to halt nature’s decline.

The Bat Conservation Trust is joining over 60 wildlife charities and environmental organisations in highlighting concern at this u-turn and reinforcing our calls for stronger action by the Government, to halt the declines in wildlife and reverse biodiversity loss by 2030.

The species abundance target amendment to the Environment Bill was published last week. Instead of requiring the Government to set a fixed goal to halt the decline of species by 2030, it now only requires a contribution to ‘further’ the objective of halting species decline, rather than committing to delivering it. This falls far short of a world-leading law and the “Net Zero for nature” that was promised and weakens the UK’s response to the biodiversity crisis we are facing.

One word change: replacing the word “further” with the word “meet” would make a world of difference.

Posted on: 17 June 2021

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