By Jess Price
A YouGov poll recently showed that two-thirds of people agree that the environment and climate emergency is biggest issue facing humankind and more than half (54%) said it would affect how they vote at the upcoming election.
This year, thousands of people have been calling on Government to stand up for nature and take decisive action to protect and restore our natural world. This General Election is a chance to turn up the volume.
Over the next few weeks prospective parliamentary candidates and their supporters will be knocking on doors trying to win your vote. This is your chance to find out what they think about the environment and if elected, what actions they and their party will take to tackle the crises in the natural environment.
The Sussex Wildlife Trust thinks there are four things that MPs can do to really make a difference for nature’s recovery:
- Back an ambitious new Environment Act with legally binding targets and an independent watchdog to restore nature
- Introduce an Agriculture Bill that supports farmers for helping wildlife and creating a connected landscape
- Revive our marine environment through a network of protected areas and a new Marine Strategy to replenish our seas
- Accelerate action on the climate crisis including ambitious natural climate solutions that capture carbon in our peatlands, meadows and forests.