Charities band together to call for a Nature and Wellbeing Act

Environmental and conservation organisations join forces to campaign for Westminster legislation to halt decline of nature.

Environmental and conservation organisations – including the John Muir Trust – have joined forces to campaign for Westminster legislation that will halt the decline of nature.

This follows the publication of a Green Paper by the RSPB and the Wildlife Trusts, which is a proposed piece of legislation to bring about the recovery of nature in a generation.

It sets out a package of measures to restore and protect the natural world on the basis that our economy, our wellbeing, our quality of life and our community are all dependent on the preservation of a healthy eco-system.

Sheila Wren, Advocacy Officer for the John Muir Trust in England and Wales said “Many of us value nature for its own sake. But we also know from a mass of evidence that has been assembled over recent years that our natural world is vital to the quality of human life.

“This campaign for a Nature and Wellbeing Act for England is an ambitious project that aims to encourage politicians and government to think about the connection between nature and people’s lives.

"We would urge everyone who values the natural world to get behind this initiative from the Wildlife Trusts and the RSPB.”

Other organisations backing the campaign include the Campaign to Protect Rural England, Plantlife, the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust, the Peoples Trust for Endangered Species and Butterfly Conservation.