Karina Robinson Tue 08 Oct 2019 updated: Mon 03 Feb 2020
The Department of Agriculture, Environment & Rural Affairs has launched a consultation to develop a 25 year plan for our environment. That gives you one BIG opportunity to make a real difference and we want to make sure decision makers hear from you.
To make it easier for you and to give you some ideas we have included our responses below. To see the list of questions and full report go to:
Simply copy and paste the text below and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org by 5pm on 5th February 2020.
Remember to say who you are and include your age.
Please share this with your family, friends, work colleagues and networks. The climate emergency requires ambitious leadership and urgent action. Everyone needs to raise their voice, everyone needs to play their part.
Question 1: Do you agree that the Environment Strategy should sit alongside existing Executive-endorsed strategies, such as the Sustainable Development, Public Health and Economic Strategies?
Create healthier communities by providing opportunities to get together more outdoors in accessible public spaces to do good and feel good through practical environmental action. This should link in with other strategies around sustainable development, mental Health and well-being. Research has shown the benefits that volunteering has for an individual’s general health.
Question 4: Do you have any comments on what specific issues should be included under a proposed Environmental Engagement strategic theme?
Inform every young person about climate breakdown, the loss of our wildlife and marine plastic pollution and what it means for our future. Help us find ways to raise awareness and to take action together. Declare a climate emergency.
Question 5: Do you have any comments on what specific issues should be included under a proposed Environmental Prosperity strategic theme?
Invest more in public transport making our dependence on cars less necessary and improving air quality
Question 7: Do you have any comments on what specific issues should be included under a proposed Environmental Quality strategic theme?
Plant more native trees. We have the lowest level of tree cover anywhere in Europe and want to see 20% of our land planted with trees; important for nature to thrive.
Create a waste free society where we use less, waste less and stop polluting our seas. And anything we use, including single use plastics, needs to be part of a truly circular economy.
Help everyone learn how to grow more tasty local food and provide plants for our pollinating bees.
Question 10: What are your big ideas for the future protection and enhancement of the environment?
Response All of the above