QWAG meeting – Saving nature in the age of Brexit – speaker Paul de Zylva
2017 is a crucial year for our natural environment.
Brexit is in hand. Most of the laws protecting our waters, beaches, air and wildlife come from Europe.
Whether you voted to stay in or leave the EU no-one voted to have a lower quality environment.
As President Trump weakens US environment protections, the Government here is pledging to leave our environment in better condition than it found it.
Ministers are consulting on a 25 Year Plan to pass on a better environment to the next generation is a great aim – and it’s entirely possible.
But Ministers are starting from a low base – just 17 per cent of rivers in England are in good condition. And the 2016 State of Nature report shows that over half of the UK’s wild species are in long term decline.
Paul de Zylva will set out how the UK can grasp the chance to bring back nature and restore our environment and how people across the UK and Europe – and beyond – are acting to governments to their promises.
Paul de Zylva is QWAG’s Chair, a Trustee of the Greater London National Park City Foundation and serves the Mayor of London as founder member of the London Sustainable Development Commissioner (LSDC).
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