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Over 60,000 people march to parliament to demand politicians Restore Nature Now

22 June 2024

On Saturday 22 June more than 60,000 people [1] marched through central London to parliament to direct one simple but powerful message to all the UK’s political parties – that they must Restore Nature Now.

The march is thought to be the biggest public demonstration in the General Election run-up and shows the strength of public opinion on the need for stronger political action to tackle the nature and climate crisis.

Actor and campaigner Emma Thompson said:
“It was incredibly powerful to see so many different individuals, groups and campaigners coming together to demand that our politicians give the priority needed to nature and climate. Without radical action our natural world will continue to decline and that is a crisis that will affect us all. This is a major moment for nature and a major moment for politics. The big question is, will the next administration heed the demands of people in the UK and Restore Nature Now?”

Naturalist and explorer Steve Backshall said:
“With many UK species on the path to extinction, our rivers becoming a pollution highway and the future of our climate at a crucial crossroads, the next Government needs to put the UK on the right track for the natural world. The Restore Nature Now march and its thousands of supporters have sent a clear signal to all politicians that this General Election must be a nature and climate election. The public wants it, UK wildlife needs it, and the next generation deserves it.”

Chris Packham, TV broadcaster and environmental campaigner said:
“We have stood up and spoken, we have shouted loudly and clearly about the imperative need to restore nature. This has been a moment when our next Government must listen and act so the UK will finally properly address our nature and climate crises. We’ve heard enough warm words and seen too broken political promises while our beautiful natural world has continued to be destroyed. It's now time for the next government to take green action and not leave nature in the red. And the first true test will be what we hear in the first 100 days of power.``

Daze Aghaji of Extinction Rebellion, said:
"Thousands of people have taken to the streets en masse in a hugely powerful moment for our natural world. Seeing this many organisations and people from different walks of life come together for nature shows how important this is to everyone. This isn’t just a one organisation, or one community, or one generation issue. This is an emergency that affects us all - in the UK and around the globe. Being here today, you can see just how important this is to the British public. Let’s make sure our politicians get it and make this a top priority."

Beccy Speight, Chief Executive of the RSPB said:
“Species from Avocets to whales and spaces from oceans to national parks have been championed at the march and it has been truly inspiring to see so many people stand up for nature and climate. With one in six species at risk of being lost from our shores, the natural world needs a strong voice now more than ever.

“There is definite hope that we can turn things around: while we know the threats, we also know so many of the solutions. But we simply aren’t acting fast enough or at a big enough scale to tackle the nature and climate crisis. We need to see urgent action and a much stronger commitment to restore nature at scale from politicians of all parties, because no species, including us, can afford to wait any longer.”

Craig Bennett, chief executive of The Wildlife Trusts said:
“The devastating effects of climate change and nature loss affect every single one of us. We need nature to be restored and we need to act fast. That’s why thousands of people have united today to demand action from the next government. Our recent poll revealed that 79% of the public think that nature is important for our well-being and economic prosperity. With an election imminent, this is a critical moment if we want future generations to enjoy the thrill of birdsong, the buzz of pollinators, sustainable agriculture, a healthy economy, clean air and clean water. There’s still time for positive change and to Restore Nature Now!”

The family-friendly, legal and peaceful march was a huge celebration of nature. It saw hundreds of people form a walking wood and walking meadow. And giant avocet, bat, hare, mushroom and salmon puppets towered through the marchers.

There is rally now taking place in front of parliament with celebrities and campaigners including: Steve Backshall, Emma Thompson, Chris Packham, Megan McCubbin, Liz Bonnin, Dr Amir Khan, Feargal Sharkey, and Dale Vince take to the stage to talk about the state of UK nature and the political action we need to improve it.

Picture editors please note a selection of photos of celebrity speakers, images of the march, our celebrity ambassadors and more available here. More being added throughout the afternoon.

The campaigners supporting the Restore Nature Now march have issued 5 main challenges to politicians on the action needed for nature.

The campaigners have issued 5 main challenges to politicians on the action needed for nature:

  • A pay rise for nature - the nature and climate-friendly farming budget doubled.
  • Make polluters pay - new rules to make polluters contribute to nature and climate recovery
  • More space for nature - to expand and improve protected areas, and ensure public land and National Parks contribute more to recovery.
  • A right to a healthy environment - an Environmental Rights Bill, which would drive better decisions for nature, improve public health and access to high-quality nature.
  • Fair and effective climate action - increasing home energy efficiency, supporting active travel and public transport, and replacing polluting fossil fuels with affordable renewables.

Environment groups are encouraging members of the public to get involved and raise nature and climate issues with political candidates during the election – find out more at

Notes to Editors:

  1. Official estimate from organisers
  2. Restore Nature Now is a group of charities, grassroots organisations and individuals concerned about nature, wildlife and climate. The demonstration is being coordinated by organisations which includes: RSPB, WWT, Woodland Trust, Wildlife and Countryside Link, WWF-UK, National Trust, Extinction Rebellion and Chris Packham. The demonstration is being supported by over 300 wide-ranging groups.
  3. UK Nature factfile:
    1. The UK is one of the most nature depleted countries in the world, with one in six native wildlife British species facing extinction
    2. On average wildlife populations in the UK have declined by almost a fifth (19%) since 1970.
    3. There has been a 58% reduction in farmland birds and declines in 80% of butterfly species in the last 50 years (State of Nature Report 2023)
    4. 70 species of bird are on the red list of conservation concern
    5. A quarter of UK mammal species are at risk of extinction
    6. 0% of rivers in England and Northern Ireland classed in good overall health
    7. The UK is a long way from meeting targets to protect 30% of the land and sea for nature by 2030. A maximum of 8% of English seas are said to be protected for nature against the most damaging forms of fishing activity. Currently, 8.45% of land in England is covered by protected sites, but only 36.82% of these are in good condition for nature, meaning just 3.11% of England is effectively protected for nature.

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