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General Election 2019

General Election 2019 – Link questions to the main political parties

The forthcoming General Election comes just months after the Westminster Parliament declared an environment and climate emergency. In reality, we face a triple environmental emergency: a climate crisis, a relentless decline in nature, and growing consequences of environmental degradation for mental and physical health.

One in seven UK species are at risk of extinction, the majority of UK citizens say the climate crisis will affect how they vote and the environment is the fourth highest concern among the electorate, with people more worried about this issue than crime, education, or immigration.

We are therefore asking all main parties seeking election to answer the following questions:

1. How and when would you achieve net zero carbon emissions and avert an irreversible climate change tipping point?

2. By 2050 our oceans could contain more plastic than fish, with plastic production set to quadruple, accounting for 13% of our global carbon budget. How will you solve our plastic pollution problem?

3. What steps would you take to ensure agriculture, infrastructure developments and industry contribute to nature’s recovery?

4. How would you ensure that any change in regulation is beneficial to the environment and animal welfare?

5. How would you improve animal welfare protections in law and in new trade deals?

6. What would you do to enhance opportunities for all people to access wild, green and blue places?

We will be publishing the Parties’ answers to these questions in the order in which we receive them, as at the links below:


Green Party

Labour Party

Liberal Democrats - Environment Spokesperson Wera Hobhouse recorded this short video.

“Greenpeace values the role that Link plays in convening for wildlife groups in the UK. Without it there would be no common umbrella for the groups engaged to work on issues of common interest” Doug Parr, Chief Scientist and Policy Director, Greenpeace UK

“The National Trust sees Wildlife and Countryside Link as a valued partner in making the case for the importance of the natural environment to politicians and policy makers” Dame Helen Ghosh DCB, former Director General, National Trust

“Wildlife and Countryside Link is a highly effective coalition bringing together a wide range of voices to speak on behalf of the natural environment. In this complex and politically driven world we need our individual voices to find as many ways as possible of coming together to achieve a united powerful and influential champion for the environment” Martin Spray OBE, Chief Executive, Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust

“The RSPCA appreciates the work of Link as it enables us to work in a broad coalition with many other groups we would not normally liaise with, to give clear hard hitting arguments to government and other policy makers with the backing of millions of supporters” David Bowles, Head of Public Affairs, RSPCA

“The ability of the Wildlife Gardening Forum to engage with the wider body of environmental organisations in the UK - both large and small - is greatly enhanced by membership of Link. Being members enables us to work with these organisations to provide its support to Link campaigns and the responses that Link co-ordinates to national and international consultations” Dr Andrew Salisbury, Chair, Wildlife Gardening Forum

“We are a small/medium sized organisation with a very wide ranging remit. We simply don’t have the resources to keep abreast of all the policy areas that impact on our work and make a meaningful response to each one. Link keep us informed of current policy debates and when and how to influence them. We gain enormously by being able to feed our views in where it most matters to us and review the considered responses proposed by Link so that we can add our support appropriately” Jill Nelson, Chief Executive, Peoples Trust for Endangered Species

“ClientEarth often partners with Link’s members and these partnerships ensure each organisation works together for the best possible environmental outcome. For example, campaigns and research by other Link members can be strengthened through our legal and scientific arguments” Catherine Weller, Wildlife Conservation Project Leader, Client Earth