Monumental decisions are being made in parliament this year that could either spell disaster for the UK’s wildlife or embrace a once-in-a-generation opportunity to reverse the catastrophic decline we’ve been witnessing for decades.
Post-Brexit, we are no longer bound by EU laws (with a few exceptions, such as the Northern Ireland Protocol) so new national legislation is needed to plug all the gaps. Enter the much-anticipated Environment Bill, which is designed to set out a legislative framework for restoring wildlife and natural habitats, improving air and water quality, tackling plastic pollution, and protecting the climate.
The Government has repeatedly said that it will not lower environmental standards once the UK has left the EU. Indeed, its stated ambition in the official 25 Year Environment Plan is to “become the first generation to leave the [natural environment] in a better state than we found it”.
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