With the passage of the Green Bill, the government has pledged to prevent the decline of wildlife.


With the passage of the Green Bill, the government has pledged to prevent the decline of wildlife.

GREEN organizations yesterday applauded the Government’s “world-first” vow to halt the decline of wildlife within a decade, and hailed the Daily Express for its support.

Following a succession of reports indicating that the Environment Bill was weaker than promised, Environment Secretary George Eustice has tightened it. Mr. Eustice has since changed his mind, promising to “halt the loss in species abundance by 2030.” It is a legally enforceable goal. Endangered species such as red squirrels, hedgehogs, Scottish wildcats, and tree sparrows will benefit from the shift.

The Daily Express, in collaboration with the Wildlife and Countryside Link coalition of green groups, highlighted how the Bill falls short of a legally-binding commitment to prevent ecological declines by 2030.

The outrage was so widespread that 208,000 people signed a petition for the government to strengthen the clause.

Boris Johnson’s father, Stanley, became embroiled in the controversy. We also brought up criticism from the Conservative Environ­ment Network, a group of over 100 Conservative MPs. Our Green Britain Needs You initiative to support the Green Industrial Revolution includes a call for a legal commitment.

In the run-up to the COP26 climate meeting in Glasgow in November, when all eyes will be on the UK, The Express has emphasized the importance of a strong Environment Bill.

Hedgehogs to turtle doves are among the 41 percent of species in long-term decline, with 15 percent facing extinction.

Conservationists applauded the action, praising ministers for listening and the Daily Express for identifying the gap.

“This improvement to the Environment Bill is a huge success for wildlife,” Wildlife and Countryside Link’s Dr Richard Benwell stated.

“This is a first in the world – a legal requirement to halt the decrease of wildlife after decades of horrible deterioration, which will be enforced in court if the government fails to act.

“When it was first proposed, the Environment Bill lacked the legal support needed to ensure that the government took action to protect animals. With sufficient public support, we could only hope to secure the necessary amendments in Parliament. John Ingham’s reporting and the Daily Express campaign have been invaluable.”

“This has the potential to be nature’s counterpart of our net-zero aim for greenhouse gas emissions,” Conservative Environment Network MP Tracey Crouch said. “Brinkwire Summary News” says that restoring our natural environment will create new jobs.


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