The RSPB has been fighting to protect nature since we were founded in 1889. From stopping the trade in wild bird plumage and protecting some of our best loved areas from development, to saving the Nature Directives and securing new laws to protect our seas and climate – we’ve made a real difference with your support.
Now the world is facing both nature and climate emergencies more is at stake than ever before. We can still reverse the damage if we act now. We’ve launched Revive our World to help you demand that action from those in power. In the next 18 months there are many opportunities to make sure your voices are heard: the UN biodiversity summit in China, and climate summit in Glasgow; the UK establishing its place in the world outside the European Union; and national elections in Scotland and Wales in 2021 and Northern Ireland in 2022. The outcomes of these events will determine the fate of nature for decades to come.
While there are legal targets to tackle the climate emergency across much of the UK, we don’t yet have any to reverse the crisis facing nature. Climate targets have driven real world actions like improving home insulation, increasing uptake of electric cars, and the rejection of a third runway at Heathrow. We need to implement the same driver for action for nature.
We’re asking you to join us in demanding decisive action. This includes legally binding targets for nature’s recovery, and laws in each of the four countries of the United Kingdom that not only help nature to survive but also to thrive.
As the campaign progresses, we’ll be shining a light on the need for new laws for nature, binding agreements for action globally, food and farming systems that deliver for people and nature, and a green economic recovery following the coronavirus pandemic.
This is an opportunity for you to join a mass movement of people who all believe the time has come to act. A movement that the RSPB is a proud member of.
The RSPB has years of expertise in the nature and climate crises, and a wealth of understanding of the problems. This has helped us come up with some key solutions.
It’s also important to note that responsibility for the environment is devolved across the UK and the approach varies across each country. But whether we’re talking about England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, or Wales, the RSPB is ready with the right solutions.
At the end of August, RSPB Scotland, Scottish Wildlife Trust, and WWF Scotland launched a Nature Recovery Plan calling on the Scottish Government to adopt 11 transformative actions for nature’s recovery. These actions, which span policy areas from land use to planning to marine, can be implemented by both this parliament and the one elected next spring to protect and enhance Scotland’s nature.
Later in September, RSPB Cymru will launch its five-step plan for a green recovery in Wales and call on the political parties to commit to it before the national election in 2021. The five Steps are:
A green recovery plan for England will also be launched at the end of September at an event in Westminster. It will feature four key asks of government that will help revive our natural world:
In October, RSPB NI will be calling on the Northern Ireland Executive to prioritise a green recovery and launching their ten-point plan of actions that the Government should adopt to create a true green economy that has healthy communities and a thriving natural environment at its heart.
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