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Wildlife Trusts across the East Midlands call on supporters to challenge candidates

Wednesday 31st May

Wildlife Trusts across the East Midlands call on supporters to challenge candidates

Wildlife Trusts across the East Midlands call on supporters to challenge candidates ahead of snap election - charities representing over 68,000 members in the region highlight why the General Election matters for local wildlife. 

According to Wildlife Trusts across the East Midlands the snap UK General Election on June 8th is happening at a crucial time for wildlife. The charities, which have the support of over 68,000 members across the region, say that the next Government will imminently have some big decisions to make for the UK’s natural environment.

The Trusts report that the stakes for wildlife have never been so great with the majority of our environmental laws wrapped up with our membership of the European Union along with some really key policies that affect wildlife - including agriculture and fisheries. 

The rewards for making the right decisions could also be great: with potential for the UK to become a world-leader on the environment with clean air, clear water, a stable climate, healthy seas, beautiful landscapes and thriving wildlife in the places we care about most. 

Speaking on behalf of the Wildlife Trusts that cover the East Midlands, Erin McDaid said: “All of this is fundamental to the well-being and prosperity of our own and future generations and we know that there is huge popular support for wildlife and the environment from people of all backgrounds. People are part of nature; everything we value ultimately comes from it, and everything we do has an impact on it.”

The Wildlife Trusts want to see:

The transfer of all current EU environmental laws into UK statute and a new Environment Act that restores the ecology of our rivers, farmland, soils and cities

New sustainable policies for farmland to allow wildlife to thrive alongside food production

The protection of our marine wildlife through a well enforced network of marine protected areas and a sustainable fisheries policy.

The Wildlife Trusts are calling on their members and others who care about wildlife to let candidates know how much wildlife means to them and to ask them what they plan to do to help it thrive.  

Specific questions The Wildlife Trusts are encouraging people to put to Prospective Parliamentary Candidates include:

1.      What will you do to ensure our wildlife laws remain strong and will you support an ambitious new Environment Act for England to restore the damage that has been done to nature?

2.      What will you do to ensure that wildlife thrives in our seas once more?

3.      What will you do to ensure we have new farming policies in each part of the UK to provide for nature’s recovery?

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