RSPB Campaigner Ruth Lindley gives us an update below, on where things are now at with this hugely important Bill.
During second reading, some of our asks were brought up by MPs. We're happy with the number of times the need for a truly independent watchdog which will hold government to account was discussed. Ensuring the new laws created by the bill do not reverse our current environmental standards was also discussed a good amount of times, albeit less than the need for a watchdog.
What was also good was the critique that the Bill in its current form does not go far enough, a belief shared by us and you.
However, the need for targets for nature's recovery was disappointingly absent from the discussions. This vital part of the bill could be transformative. It will change the conversation from working to halt nature’s decline to facilitating its recovery and hold future governments to account.
The Bill has now entered Committee stage and our policy and advocacy colleagues are working hard to get our amendments tabled.
For now we’re not asking you to take any action, you can take a breather. But keep your eyes peeled in April because, as the bill progresses through committee stage into report stage, and then onto the House of Lords, we will once again be asking you to raise your voice to ensure the bill delivers the meaningful change we and nature need.
If you’re not familiar with the process by which a bill becomes law, Parliament’s website has a great explanatory page which goes through the different stages simply. You can find it here.
Below is a reminder of the key areas which need to be strengthened to make sure the bill works to help nature recover:
Once again thank you for all your support, you play a vital role in fighting to protect our natural world.
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