Call for Lancastrians to stand up against “unprecedented attack on nature”
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What’s going on?
The RSPB says that the Government is intent on amending or scrapping crucial environmental laws, including the Habitats Regulations, which protect some of the most vulnerable wildlife and green places across England. Similar regulations that ensure clean water, beaches and rivers are also under threat according to the charity.
This was followed by further plans announced on Friday to create at least 38 ‘Investment Zones’ which could trash planning rules – meaning housing and commercial developments could be incentivised to damage nature with little or no restriction.
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Now the RSPB is appealing to people across Lancashire – including its membership of more than one million people – to urgently contact their MPs to tell them how they feel.
They have already had a slew of support on social media from members of the public and celebrities.
Jeff Knott, the RSPB’s director of policy and advocacy, said: “One of these three government actions alone would be a disaster - taken together, in such quick succession, with no debate or scrutiny, amounts to one of the most brazen attacks on nature we have ever seen.
“The impact will be far-reaching, mountain to coast. It will affect habitats and species. Nowhere will be safe. We knew this new Government was likely to make nature a low priority, but the scale and pace of these announcements is truly shocking.
“We are angry, yet we are immensely grateful for the support we have received on this, and we will continue fighting for the best outcome for nature.
“Now we are readying ourselves to fight the biggest attack on nature in a generation and are calling on our partners, supporters, and people who love their local wildlife, to help by contacting their MPs and making themselves heard.”
What’s the situation in the UK?
The UK is one of the most nature depleted countries on the planet. Its remaining wildlife is already struggling – with more than 40 per cent of species in decline.
Globally, the UK is about to commit to 30 per cent of the world being looked after for nature by 2030. Reaching that commitment would be made impossible by the announcements of recent days, according to the RSPB.
Jeff added: “These Government proposals will rip up the laws that have for decades provided basic protection for our best wildlife sites, along with other laws protecting our air, rivers, wildlife and food standards.
“The shocking proposal to liberalise planning rules and “release land” in the newly announced investment zones are also of huge concern to us. It would appear that these zones would allow developers to build carte blanche on some of our last remaining wildlife sites. To us they look less like investment zones and more likes destruction zones.”
To find out how to help, and how to contact your local MP, visit https://bit.ly/attackonnature