Nature has been campaigned strongly in 2014 and long may it continue next year. One tiny little red squirrel by the name of Bob has been running around like a headless chicken up and down the country, promoting the importance of protecting nature, the countryside and its future.
Vote for Bob is a campaign that wants to encourage all politicians’ to back nature in their agenda in the upcoming election. The campaign promotes individuals contacting their local politicians directly to show that we, as a country, really care about the environment so before you go any further, Vote for Bob.
The campaign has an array of supporters, including the RSPB who are fronting the Act for Nature campaign.
RSPB have 212 reserves housing over 16000 spices and 97% of these are not birds. They know more than most how important it is to look after nature and they are quite rightly demanding an act be brought in that has our nature at its core. They state that although existing laws protect our environment , they don’t operate to repair it. We take so much from nature and our countrysides and it willingly gives us so much with little to no return. We use it for enjoyment, it benefits our physical and mental health, and we need it for our economy; creating jobs, fuelling our homes and feeding us.
This is why the Nature and Wellbeing Act is so vital and aims to:
- Improve the status of species and their habitats for the next generation
- Place the value of nature at the heart of decision-making, nationally and locally, and across all Government Departments
- Ensure that local action for nature is linked across the land delivering natural green spaces and natural systems, that are more resilient in the face of climate change
- Better connect people with nature, giving everyone access to natural green spaces and ensuring that our children have a greater understanding of our natural world and what it does for us.
RSPB conservation director, Michael Harper has said:
Last year’s State of Nature report showed that 60 per cent of UK species are declining.
“Climate change is already having an impact on wildlife and this affects decisions on our reserves. It also intensifies the call for more, bigger and better connected protected areas. Our best sites must be protected and budgets to support wildlife-friendly farming must be bolstered.
The future of nature doesn’t have to be bleak. The water vole has been recolonised in Scotland after a decline of 90% over the last forty years and the stunning ladybird spider has seen an increase in food sources too, which delights my spider obsession.
Let’s not rest though, with the general elections fast approaching, it’s vital we encourage politicians to back up their promises with proper action.