Michael Tomlinson 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 need for an ambitious Environment Bill to ensure nature’s recovery. Such legislation would not only establish new environmental targets and introduce a strong green watchdog but would also drive the creation of Nature Recovery Networks. These would better protect and join-up important places for wildlife and to ensure everyone, whatever their background, has 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.”
“I was delighted to learn the views of Dorset Wildlife Trust, not least the views of the young people involved in the Trust. Often their contact with nature has had a life-changing impact. I was particularly encouraged by the clear passion young people show towards the environment.”