Find out how you can become a supporter of a 'legal right to nature' - please sign our petition.
Our campaign to put a right to nature into law has the backing of more than 80 organisations, in addition to the support of celebrities and politicians.
A Rocha UK, Angling Trust, Association of Directors of Environment, Economy, Planning and Transport, Association of Local Government Ecologists, Bat Conservation Trust, Black2Nature, British Canoeing, British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums, British Mountaineering Council, Buglife, Bumblebee Conservation Trust, Butterfly Conservation, Campaign for National Parks, CIEEM, CIWEM, Countryside Restoration Trust, CPRE, Cycling UK, Earth Trust, Earthwatch, Edge, Fields in Trust, Floodplain Meadows Partnership, Friends of the Earth, Greener Practice, Greenpeace, Groundwork UK, Institute of Health Equity, Institute for Fisheries Management, Institute for Public Policy Research, Institute of Environmental Sciences, Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment, Keep Britain Tidy, Land Trust, Landscape Institute, League Against Cruel Sports, Make Space for Girls, Manchester City of Trees, Mammal Society, Marine Conservation Society, Mental Health Foundation, National Academy for Social Prescribing, National Federation of Parks and Green Spaces, National Forum for Biological Recording, National Trust, National Union of Students, Nature is a Human Right, Nature Premium, Naturewatch Foundation, Network of Wellbeing, New Economics Foundation, NHS Forest, Northern Forest Partnership, On the EDGE Conservation, Open Spaces Society, Peoples' Trust for Endangered Species, Plantlife, Quality of Life Foundation, QUENCH Network (Linking the Quality of Urban Environments with Nature Connectedness and Health Coordinators), Rewilding Britain, Royal Institute of British Architects, Royal College of Psychiatrists, RSPB, RSPCA, Sheffield Environmental Movement, Soil Association, Stroud Valleys Project, Students Organising for Sustainability UK, Sustrans, The Conservation Volunteers, The Ramblers, The Rivers Trust, The Trails Trust, The Wildlife Trusts, Trees and Design Action Group Trust, UK Youth for Nature, Waterwise, Whale and Dolphin Conservation, Wildlife Gardening Forum, Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust, Wild Justice, Wildlife and Countryside Link, Woodland Trust, WWF-UK, YHA
Baroness Jones (Green Party member in the House of Lords and former Deputy Mayor of London), Baroness Parminter (Deputy Leader of the Liberal Democrats in the House of Lords), Caroline Lucas (MP for Brighton Pavillion and former leader of the Green Party), actor and TV presenter Cel Spellman, businesswoman and TV personality Deborah Meaden, Dan Raven-Ellison (Geographer and Founder of London National Park City and Slow Ways), Gillian Burke (TV presenter, biologist and Vice President of The Wildlife Trusts), Lord Crisp (Independent member of the House of Lords, co-chair of the APPG on Global Health, and former NHS Chief Executive), Miles Richardson (Professor of Human Factors and Nature Connectedness at the University of Derby), Rachael Maskell MP (MP for York Central and Labour Shadow Minister for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport), Steve Backshall MBE (explorer, naturalist, presenter and writer), Dr Tine Van Bortel and Barney Eden (Cambridge Institute of Public Health - University of Cambridge), Wei Yang (town planner, urban designer and founder of Wei Yang & Partners in London)
Steve Backshall MBE, explorer, naturalist, presenter and writer, said: "I spoke alongside Michael Gove when the Environment Bill was first mooted, and he spoke passionately about our need for nature. Boris Johnson has very much done the same. Now it is time for them to put their money where their mouths are. The new levelling up plans must include the promise of nature for everyone. Public authorities should have a duty to make sure we all have a good quality environment near home, with rights of access and safe ways to enjoy it. If you agree, please support the campaign and let’s make sure that levelling up means everyone can discover the wonders of our natural world."
BBC’s Springwatch presenter, biologist and Vice President of The Wildlife Trusts, Gillian Burke said: “Just the sound of birdsong, a bubbling stream or the wind through the leaves can lower a heart rate, ease anxiety and make us take a deep breath. Spending time in nature has multiple mental and physical health benefits yet, for far too many of us, green spaces are simply out of reach. One in five people in England do not have a garden, or access to parks and open fields. Nature-rich spaces FOR ALL are vital to create healthy communities, to reduce stress on our NHS and to help our struggling wildlife to recover. ALL neighbourhoods need nature, and the Government must deliver.”
Businesswoman and TV personality Deborah Meaden, said: "It's increasingly clear that there are huge inequalities in the amount of green spaces and access to nature that people can enjoy close to home. I've always felt passionately that having nature close to the places where people live, work and visit is critical for our mental and physical health. Despite 80% of Brits wanting a ‘legal right to local nature’, it is not yet set out in law which means that building developments do not have to take this into account. This needs to change.”
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