Five leading environmental charities unite to call for nature’s recovery across the West Midlands. Ann Evans has the details.
Warwickshire Wildlife Trust, TheAC Wildlife Trust for Birmingham and the Black Country, Friend of the Earth, RSPB and The Woodland Trust have joined forces to urge West Midlands Combined Authority mayoral candidates to prove they recognise the important link between a healthy economy and a healthy environment. Candidates are being asked to commit to actions that the group say will ensure more people across the region can improve their connection with nature, and see the natural environment restored and richer in wildlife than it is today.
The UK is facing an ecological emergency according to the 2019 State of Nature report. 41% of species have decreased in the UK since 1970 and 133 species have already become extinct. Factors such as climate change, pollution, urbanisation and agricultural management are contributing to this crisis.
Chief Executive of Warwickshire Wildlife Trust, Ed Green, said: “It’s crucial that the needs and benefits of a healthy natural world are understood by all of us and especially by those who are in positions of authority, like our mayor. Investing in nature can help to ensure a green recovery across the West Midlands that addresses both the climate change and the ecological crises we are all living in.”
The urgent need to see nature in recovery across at least 30% of land and seas by 2030 has been reiterated by the Government and is echoed in a 10-point plan recently published by The Climate Coalition. The group is united in wanting to see mayoral candidates of all parties take up the 6 action and is also inviting all candidates to a virtual meeting to hear more about what they can do to get on board. An online e-action has been launched so potential constituents can contact Mayoral candidates and ask it they will commit to the group’s Green Manifesto: https://action.wildlifetrusts.org/page/76567/action/1
The group of charities is also holding a free hustings event with the candidates standing for election which is open for the public to attend via Zoom video conference. The event is being held on Tuesday 30th March 2021. The booking link will be added to this webpage: www.warwickshirewildlifetrust.org.uk/WMCAMayoralElection