7.9m members back a greener UK

7.9m members back a greener UK

The coalition, which includes the National Trust, RSPB, WWF and The Wildlife Trusts, has a combined membership of 7.9 million.

Greener UK, a coalition of 13 major environmental organisations, has launched a manifesto calling on the government to restore and enhance the environment as the UK prepares to leave the European Union. The coalition, which includes the National Trust, RSPB, WWF and The Wildlife Trusts, has a combined membership of 7.9 million.

This is the first time so many environmental organisations have come together to express such a wide range of concerns, across all environmental policy areas. They say, “We are depleting our soils and water supplies, generating mountains of food and plastic waste, changing our climate and making the air in our cities dangerous to breathe. Our wild places are dwindling, and we face the sadness of once familiar animals and plants fading away from our gardens and countryside.”

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The Greener UK manifesto follows a House of Lords report which identified the challenge of maintaining the extensive existing environmental protections after we leave the EU. However, the coalition says that Brexit offers the chance for the government to make a greener UK a reality. 194 MPs from across the UK’s political parties have so far signed up to the Greener UK coalition’s Pledge for the Environment.

Read the full text of the manifesto at https://www.wildlifetrusts.org/sites/default/files/guk_mani_aw_hi-res_single.pdf

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