Pressure from people all over the UK led the May government in 2018 to announce an Environment Bill – which now needs to be turned into law as an all-encompassing Environment Act in 2019.

Whether or not we leave the EU, the laws that currently protect the environment are not adequate to face up to the challenges ahead. The Environment Bill has already been drafted by the current government, and we now have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to influence what is in it, in order to get a better, stronger Environment Act onto the statute books. 

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We are calling for the Environment Act to include:

  1. Nature Targets: Legal 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, cleaner water
  2. A Nature Recovery Network: A defined, joined-up network of habitats that will provide enough protected space for wildlife to recover - and for people to thrive
  3. Nature Watchdog: An independent body to help people challenge bad decisions made by Government and councils, which have a negative impact on wildlife and our natural environment.

Already some of our members and supporters have supported our ask for a stronger Environment Act by writing and speaking to their MPs, and some Wiltshire and Swindon MPs having already pledged to support the campaign. Our messages are slowly but surely getting out through magazine and newspaper articles, social media and email, word of mouth and in direct meetings with MPs, but now we need to take it to the next level.

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 survival of humanity is at stake. By creating more space for nature, we can create a better world for people and wildlife.

The campaign for a wilder future starts here

Critically, we need the Environment Act to give us:

Nature Targets: legal 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

A Nature Recovery Network: a joined-up network of habitats that provide enough space for wildlife to recover and for people to thrive.

Nature Watchdog: an independent body to help people challenge bad decisions made by the Government and councils, which have a negative impact on wildlife and our natural environment. 

How would an Environment Act help wildlife in Wiltshire?

  1. Improve people's access to nature, especially in towns and cities
  2. Create new wild areas and wildlife corridors across the county
  3. Keep Wiltshire's existing wildlife sites safe from harm
  4. Protect Wiltshire's best habitats underwater
  5. Stop Wiltshire's soils washing away into rivers
  6. Improve air quality, especially in towns and cities
  7. Stop poisoning Wiltshire's rivers and streams with chemicals
  8. Reduce emissions that are contributing to climate change
  9. Protect people's rights to a healthy natural environment
  10. Avoid the loss of environmental protection laws after Brexit

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