Oct15

ORCA Patron calls on MPs to respond to proposals to protect the environment

ORCA Patron calls on MPs to respond to proposals to protect the environment

The People’s Manifesto for Wildlife, developed by Chris Packham, is a ground-breaking strategy to protect the UK’s natural environment and promote biodiversity

Members of Parliament around the UK have been called on to respond to proposals by conservationists and leading public figures that would secure the future of key habitats around the UK.

Lead by ORCA Patron, Chris Packham, the People’s Manifesto for Wildlife  outlines a series of interventions that the UK Government can make to create a safer future for wildlife and protect some of the most delicate ecosystems we enjoy in this country.

The document, which has over 20 authors, has been sent to every single MP and Chris Packham is encouraging everyone who cares about the future of the UK’s natural environment to challenge their local representatives to find out how they are planning on responding and what they are doing to protect nature.

Of particular interest to ORCA supporters will be the wide ranging proposals to protect the marine environment, including making 30% of UK marine spaces off limits to fishing, banning of scallop-dredging in UK waters and the creation of an index to track populations of significant species of marine mammals, birds and fish.

The authors, which also include another ORCA Patron, wildlife photographer and conservationist Mark Carwardine, hope that policymakers in the UK will take this opportunity to create a world-leading programme of environmental protection and arrest the decline of hundreds of native species that are at serious risk of disappearing forever.

We’d encourage all ORCA members, supporters and friends to tweet, message or email your local MP to ask them what they are doing to protect British wildlife and to help repair our environment. Be sure to use the hashtag #PeoplesManifestoforWildlife to spread the word on this vital campaign to safeguard the future of our natural environment.