General Election 2017 - Why it matters for wildlife

Responding to the results of the UK General Election 2017, The Wildlife Trusts’ Chief Executive Stephanie Hilborne said:

“With the General Election now over, the new Government will need to hit the ground running. Critical to future generations will be delivery of the Conservative ambition to be the first generation to leave the environment in a better state than it found it.

"One thing we must surely agree on is to have a positive and uniting vision for the future of our shared environment. We know that there is huge popular support for wildlife from people of all backgrounds.

“The impressive turnout of young voters demonstrates a need for policies that speak to future generations. But there is much to do to achieve this, not least as the UK departs from the European Union.

“Most of our environmental laws, including those that protect the nation’s precious wildlife and wild places, are currently tied to our membership of the EU. Effective transfer of existing EU environmental laws will be vital, along with world-beating agricultural and fisheries policies – currently developed at EU level – to ensure wildlife thrives once more on land and at sea. The Conservative Manifesto commitments to a 25 Year Plan for the Environment and for completing a Blue Belt of marine protected areas are also crucial. Furthermore, an ambitious Environment Act for England could ensure that we do not simply maintain but restore our natural commonwealth.”

The Wildlife Trusts will continue to work with the Government and all parties over the coming weeks and months to achieve this. You can help by getting in touch with your MP when they are in place and letting them know how much wildlife means to you.

The Wildlife Trusts believe that people are part of nature; everything we value ultimately comes from it and everything we do has an impact on it. We believe that each year, there should be more wildlife and more wild places, and people should become closer to nature