Will you speak up for me? Act now to ensure Dorset's wildlife is protected
Wilder Future: Wilder Dorset
Dorset's wildlife needs your help. We need a new law – an Environment Act - to improve protection for our country’s wildlife. But not all politicians are convinced and to make sure the law not only protects wildlife but also helps it recover, we need everyone on board.
With Brexit rapidly approaching, MPs will be voting on this soon, so we need them to support a strong Environment Act, because a country with more wildlife is better for people and better for business!
We will be working with other Wildlife Trusts to make sure this is a priority, but we need your help to make sure all our local MPs are on board!
We are asking our supporters to personally talk to their MPs - at a surgery, meeting or event - about why they want an Environment Act and what they want to see it cover. This could be anything from tackling climate change, to reducing plastic in the seas, to ensuring barn owls have suitable habitats to live in. (Sadly barn owls have declined 66% across the UK since the 30s.)
We know meeting someone face-to-face can be daunting, but it is the best way to ensure a brighter future for wildlife. We have produced a handy guide to help you with your meeting, click here.
The campaign for a wilder future starts here
Critically, we need the Environment Act to give us:
Nature Targets: binding targets for nature's recovery that politicians must ultimately achieve and regularly report on progress towards e.g. safer air to breathe in our cities or a halt to the decline in species.
A Nature Recovery Network: a joined-up network of habitats that provide enough space for wildlife to recover and for people to thrive. Find out what a nature recovery network is here.
A Nature Watchdog: an independent body to help people challenge when and if, bad decisions that harm wildlife and our natural enviornment are made by Government and councils.
Find out more about what the Wildlife Trusts will be doing nationally by clicking here.
How would an Environment Act help wildlife in Dorset?
Why we need to act fast
We need wildlife. Our natural world is valuable in its own right and is the foundation of our wellbeing - we depend on it and it depends on us. Without a healthy natural world the survival of humanity is at stake. By creating more space for nature, we can create a better world for people and wildlife.
Wildlife is in trouble. From rivers and woodlands, to birds and flowers, our natural world is struggling. Over half the species assessed in the State of Nature report have suffered since the 1970s, with many of our much-loved animals struggling. In Dorset climate change is affecting our wildlife, species like the comma butterfly and Dartford warbler have done well, but species like dormice have not been so lucky and numbers are declining fast.
Across the UK, wildlife is struggling:
Wildlife needs us. We can make a difference. A new and ambitious Environment Act can help reverse the trend of missing wildlife, setting out a plan for nature's recovery and creating a healthier natural world for us all.
Help us create a Wilder Future for Dorset
Take action now, click here to sign up and contact your MP to ask for a meeting, to make sure willdife and wild places are on the Government's agenda. Click here to download our handy tips on how to talk to your MP. Find out more about our wider campaign here.
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