South Shropshire MP Philip Dunne met young people from across The Wildlife Trusts at a Parliamentary reception to hear their views on the natural environment.
The event highlighted the urgent 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.
Mr Dunne said:“I was delighted to learn the views of Shropshire Wildlife Trust, and in particular the views of the young people involved in the Trust. Shropshire’s beautiful flora and fauna are well known, so I was particularly encouraged by the clear passion young people show towards the environment.”
“Nature plays a vital role in our way of life and our economy in South Shropshire, and we owe it to the next generation to leave them a greener future full of wildlife. I support the need for government action and I have signed the Greener UK Charter to call for an ambitious Environment Bill.”
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.”