Whale and Dolphin Conservation (WDC) today joined businesses, other environmental organisations and youth leaders in urging the government to put nature and climate at the heart of decisions for the recovery effort, for healthy communities and a resilient economy, in an open letter addressed to the Prime Minister.
Boris Johnson is expected to unveil the government’s roadmap to exit COVID-19 lockdown and restart the economy this Sunday, 10 May. Ahead of this announcement, over 60 signatories of major charities, businesses and youth leaders are calling on the Prime Minister to adopt four principles to enable a sustainable economic recovery for people and planet:
- Create a more resilient economy by investing in the infrastructure, technology and skills to generate thousands of new jobs that directly contribute to a climate-safe future - and exclude polluting industries from help without a proper climate plan.
- Increase access to wild spaces for everyone through restoring nature and oceans, incentivising walking and cycling, and supporting sustainable food, farming and fishing.
- Strengthen nature’s protections by ensuring the swift passage of environmental legislation - and introduce targets in law across the UK for the restoration of nature on a massive scale.
- Lead the world in building back better for people, climate and nature by bringing global leaders together to plan for a green and sustainable recovery in the run-up to the vital United Nations climate conference and biodiversity conferences next year.
Signatories to the letter include companies such as Ben and Jerry’s, Good Energy and Triodos Bank as well as influential supporters including Chris Packham, Kevin McCloud, Deborah Meaden and Jerome Flynn.