A Wilder Future for Leicestershire and Rutland
Wildlife needs your help
Hello. I'm the brown hare that lives in a field nearby. I'm the butterfly dancing along in the flowerbed. I'm the bumblebee in your herb garden. I'm the house sparrow chattering in the trees. My home is under threat and there are fewer places to find food every day. And we're not alone: thousands of birds, insects and other animals across England are finding it harder and harder to survive. Plants and trees are under pressure too.
The Wildlife Trusts and friends have convinced Westminster Government of the need for a new law – an Environment Act - to improve protection for our country’s wildlife. But not all politicians are convinced and to make sure the law not only protects wildlife like me but helps us to recover, we need everyone on board. MPs will be voting on this soon, so we need them to support a strong Environment Act, because a country with more wildlife is better for us – and better for you too!
We don't have an MP - but you do.
Other actions you can take to ensure a Wilder Future for Leicestershire and Rutland
- Become a member - the best way to support all areas of our work across the two counties
- Volunteer - volunteers play a vital role in the work of the Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust
- Join a Local Group - our network of Local Groups represent the Trust in their local community
- Donate to our Nature Reserves Fund Appeal - help us secure a healthy future for our nature reserves
We need the Environment Act to give us:
- Nature Targets: legal targets for nature's recovery that politicians must ultimately achieve and regularly report on progress towards e.g. safer air to breathe in our cities
- A Nature Recovery Network: a joined-up network of habitats that provide enough space for wildlife to recover and for people to thrive.
- Nature Watchdog: an independent body to help people challenge bad decisions made by Government and councils, which have a negative impact on wildlife and our natural environment.
Now is the time to put nature into recovery!
How would an Environment Act help wildlife in Leicestershire and Rutland?
The Environment Act could help turn nature's recovery in Leicestershire and Rutland from an aspiration into a reality, in some of the following ways:
- Create new wild areas and wildlife corridors across the county
- Keep our existing wildlife sites safe from harm
- Improve air quality
- Stop poisoning our rivers and streams with chemicals
- Reduce emissions that are contributing to climate change
- Protect people’s rights to a healthy natural environment
- Avoid the loss of environmental protection laws after Brexit
Why is an Environment Act needed in Leicestershire and Rutland?
Our natural world is valuable in its own right and is the foundation of our wellbeing - we depend on it and it depends on us. Without a healthy natural world the survival of humanity is at stake. By creating more space for nature, we can create a better world for people and wildlife.
From rivers and woodlands, to birds and flowers, our natural world is struggling. Over half the species assessed in the State of Nature report have suffered since the 1970s, with many of our much-loved animals struggling. Just some of the declines we have seen in recent years include:
- 66% decline in the number of barn owls since the 1930s
- 90% decline in the number of common frogs since the 1980s
- 90% decline in the number of water voles since the 1990s
We can make a difference! A new and ambitious Environment Act can help reverse the trend of missing wildlife, setting out a plan for nature's recovery and creating a healthier natural world for us all.