Green Party Backs Charities Calls To Restore Nature 

Green Party co-leader, Adrian Ramsay, has announced the Party’s plans for an Independent Commission for Nature that would protect nature and ensure the restoration of wildlife habitats. The new watchdog would be created as part of a new “Rights of Nature” Act that would enshrine in law the intrinsic value of nature while also recognising how a healthy natural environment is fundamental to clear air, water and food.  

Ramsay announced as he joined leaders of national conservation charities at Black Bourn Valley Reserve in Suffolk, just outside Norton, where they delivered their ‘Nature 2030 Open Letter’ signed by 100,000 people across the country.  

Adrian Ramsay said: 

“I am delighted to be the first party leader to back the calls of conservation groups to restore nature. The natural environment is deeply important to the British people, yet the lack of adequate legal protection has left the UK as one of the most nature-depleted countries in the world. Last year’s State of Nature report highlighted the scale of the threats facing nature, with 1 in 6 species at risk of extinction. Given this alarming situation, the work of the country’s many conservation and wildlife organisations is critical in helping to protect and restore nature. Like them, the Green Party understands we need a change in government policies to ensure the UK meets legally binding targets for nature by 2030.  

“Greens believe that nature has an intrinsic value. It is also vital to human health and survival – for the air we breathe, the water we drink and the food we eat. Evidence also shows that people’s physical and mental wellbeing is enhanced by easy access to green spaces and nature. 

“The Green Party wants to see much greater protection of nature in law. We would set up an Independent Commission for Nature that would set targets for nature restoration, enforced through the courts. This would be groundbreaking, allowing for the first time the possibility of individuals, communities and conservation groups taking legal action on behalf of nature. Currently, every time our rivers, seas or land is polluted, prosecution is left to hopelessly underfunded quangos. 

Adrian, who is standing to be Green MP in the Waveney Valley constituency on the Norfolk-Suffolk border said: “I’ve taken samples from the Rivers Waveney and Blyth and found they are in places many times over safe limits for swimming because of contamination with sewage from storm drains. Anglian Water would have some incentive to do something about their sewage spills if campaign groups could prosecute them for fouling the water.”

“The Nature 2030 open letter, signed by over 100,000 people, demonstrates that people want to see firm action to halt and reverse the decline of nature by 2030. The Green Party fully backs the outcomes the Nature 2030 coalition of conservation organisations wants to see. Nature restoration will be a key priority in our general election manifesto, and for me personally if I’m elected as an MP. 

“Only the Green Party will take the necessary action to double the budget for nature-friendly farming, protect 30% of the land and sea for nature, invest in the skills needed for regenerative farming and wildlife habitat restoration, and protect people’s right to clean air and water and access to nature.” 

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