Sir Oliver Heald MP met with young people from across The Wildlife Trusts at a Parliamentary reception on Wednesday 14th November to hear their views on the natural environment.
The event highlighted the urgent need for the Environment Bill to ensure nature’s recovery and to better protect and join-up important places for wildlife and to ensure access to wildlife-rich natural green space.
Stephanie Hilborne OBE, Chief Executive of The Wildlife Trusts said:
“Young people are a vital part of our movement and increasingly active in calling for change. They believe that everyone should have the opportunity to experience nature during their school lives and should have opportunities to work in environmental jobs. They also want to guarantee a more positive future for our natural environment.
“The quality of life for future generations will depend on securing an ambitious new Environment Bill. This is a once-in-a lifetime opportunity to build a wilder, healthier and happier future – putting nature into recovery and ensuring everyone has access to wildlife.”
Sir Oliver Heald MP said:
“I was delighted to learn the views of Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust, not least the views of the young people involved in the Trust. Often their contact with nature has had a lifechanging impact. I was particularly encouraged by the clear passion young people show towards the environment.”
“Nature provides us with many things and we owe it to the next generation to leave them a greener future full of wildlife.”
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The photo shows:
Josh Kalms (left) – People and Wildlife Officer, Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust
Sir Oliver Heald MP
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Mike Master (right) – Chairman, Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust
The Prime Minister announced in July 2018 that the Government would introduce an Environment Bill to underpin its 25 Year Plan for the Environment in support of its pledge to leave the environment in a better state.
The Wildlife Trusts (TWT) wildlifetrusts.org
There are 46 individual Wildlife Trusts covering the whole of the UK. All are working for an environment rich in wildlife for everyone. We have more than 800,000 members including 150,000 members of our junior branch Wildlife Watch. Our vision is to create A Living Landscape and secure Living Seas. We manage around 2,300 nature reserves and every year we advise thousands of landowners and organisations on how to manage their land for wildlife. We also run marine conservation projects around the UK, collecting vital data on the state of our seas and celebrating our amazing marine wildlife. Every year we work with thousands of schools and our nature reserves and visitor centres receive millions of visitors. Each Wildlife Trust is working within its local communities to inspire people about the future of their area: their own Living Landscapes and Living Seas.