Tony Juniper for Wildlife Trusts….
One of the EU’s most important aspects has been the measures jointly agreed by member states ,which have led to major improvements in how we approach environmental challenges… Whatever post-Brexit arrangements are put in place, it is vital that we don’t simply avoid going backwards, but actually secure improvements for wildlife and our environment. What might that look like though?
In terms of holding on to what we’ve got there are five strands. First are the Nature protection rules under the Birds and Habitats Directives. These protect some of our most cherished wildlife and special natural places on land and at sea. Second are the policies that govern everything from the state of rivers to the quality of the air we breathe. Third are the powerful rules of the Common Agricultural Policy, including those geared to meeting ecological goals in farmed landscapes. Fourth are the aims of the Common Fisheries Policy that requires the sustainable management of fish stocks. Fifth are EU agreements to combat climate change.
Green Alliance: A vacancy on global climate leadership just opened up…
Theresa May’s government is giving early signals that it sees the opportunity, committing to ratify the Paris climate agreement, setting its 5th carbon budget and, yesterday, providing much needed policy certainty on renewables and coal phase out. It also has a new carbon plan and a low carbon, resource efficient industrial strategy in development which will enable it to tackle the next big challenges of heat and transport.