The natural environment and wildlife seems to have had its profile raised recently if the upsurge in epetitions is anything to go by?
We had the “Ban Driven Grouse Shooting” one which is now scheduled for oral evidence session in Westminster on 18 October (deadline for submitting written evidence 5 October).
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Then Simon King launched “End the badger cull instead of expanding to new areas”, this petition is currently around 48,500 and has until 25 February 2017 to run, so it looks set to be another Westminster discussion.
Philippa Storey initiated “Suspend Natural England license to kill buzzards” currently around 13,350 with a deadline of 3 February 2017.
A lesser well known epetition was that launched by Zach Haynes “Protect UK Environment & Wildlife – adopt European environmental legislation” this will run until 6 January 2017. Whatever our views of Brexit, I would like to think that readers of this blog are keen to see the natural environment and wildlife safeguarded, this petition recognises that “The vote to leave the EU could leave our wildlife at risk. The EU has developed a strong set of laws that protect the environment and our wildlife. As these laws will not apply when the UK leaves the EU we need new laws for the UK that give our precious wildlife and environment the same protection”. Currently standing at around 5,750 signatures.
Wildlife champion and campaigner Chris Packham seeks to “Introduce a moratorium on the hunting of critically declining wading birds”this petition is scheduled to run until 23 March 2017 and currently has some 12,690 signatures.
“Woodcock, Snipe and Golden Plover are shot in the UK despite serious, ongoing population declines. A moratorium should be imposed to allow the impact of shooting to be established by independent scientific investigation and any necessary regulations introduced to ensure that shooting is sustainable.”
The State of Nature 2016 reports continuing decline in habitats and species in its usual almost apologetic way. But just thinking over one’s own lifetime, the losses we mourn or at least those of us who can remember hedgerows, dew ponds, lapwing nests a plenty and flushing nightjars and woodcock from underfoot? Where are the conservation champions? Where are the challengers to the convention of constant compromise? Should we just accept that development and private or corporate profits are more important than the natural environment? If you subscribe to the notion that we all need clean air, clean water etc. then is it not incumbent upon us all to act responsibly, act with principles? To engage, educate and empower others to help safeguard an environment which will still be there for future generations? See also twitter.
Perhaps we might all consider signing the various ‘conservation’ petitions and then try to encourage others to do the same? So, please share this blog blast amongst your network, family and friends. Wildlife needs us today, tomorrow is too late and yesterday is like the Passenger Pigeon – gone!