NGOs call for urgent action from UK Government to improve ‘State of Nature’
Earlier this month the environment and wildlife coalition Wildlife and Countryside LINK – of which CHEM Trust is a part – launched the new ‘State of Nature’ campaign, calling for the UK Prime Minister to put strong nature protections into law.
The most recent ‘State of Nature Report‘ from the RSPB showed – once again – the need for urgent action to protect British wildlife. Almost half of UK wildlife is in long term decline, 15% of species are at risk of extinction, and none of our rivers, lakes or streams are in good health.
As part of this new campaign, we are calling on our supporters to sign on to the #StateofNature petition.
The petition is calling for a change to the Government’s ‘landmark’ Environment Bill to strengthen the law. It would require the UK Government to set a legally binding target to reverse the loss of nature in England by 2030.
Chemical pollution makes wildlife populations and entire ecosystems more vulnerable and less resilient to the stresses of climate change or habitat loss. Chemical pollutants that interfere with the hormone system (endocrine-disrupting chemicals or EDCs) are particularly worrying. Even at extremely low doses they can disrupt the normal workings of the reproductive, immune, nervous and other systems controlled by hormones. This makes them even more vulnerable to other factors like #climate change of habitat loss. Read more in our blog from last year.
Read more about hazardous chemicals and their effects on wildlife and the environment.