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Welcome to Link’s news - a roundup of what's happened in November. For updates from our working groups, please go to the policy hub. If you would like to submit news items for our monthly e-bulletin, please contact Jodie Le Marquand. To subscribe please enter your email at the bottom of the page.

November Top Stories

General Election 2019

Link has carried out a trio of activities around the forthcoming election.

With our members we developed an environmental election manifesto which was circulated to all political parties shortly after the election was announced, with the aim of influencing the parties’ own manifestos. We also wrote to party leaders to invite them to answer key questions on their plans to help protect and enhance the environment and animal welfare. We have received responses from the Labour party, Green party and the SNP to date, you can read and compare the parties’ commitments on our General Election webpage.

Link and our members supported Possible’s calls for a nature and climate TV debate with supporters and across social media. The campaign resulted in the first ever leaders’ climate debate on Channel 4 last Thursday. Link also wrote to the BBC, ITV and Sky News to encourage the programme editors to include a proportional number of questions on nature in their live debates, and achieved a strong level of engagement around the issue on Twitter.

ELUK Marine workshop

This month, members of the Environment Links UK marine network came together in London to discuss how we can ensure the recovery of our oceans. Though 41 new marine conservation zones were designated around England in 2019, UK Governments failed to achieve 11 out of 15 indicators for healthy seas.

With the climate and ecological emergency rising up the political agenda, the group discussed how we can utilise this growing support and encourage more urgent action to recover our oceans as it is clear the status quo isn’t delivering and with just 10 years left to prevent catastrophic climate change, we don’t have any time left to waste. These discussions are now being progressed across the Environment Links UK network.

November blogs and publications

In November, work around the Environment Bill continued, through joint work across Link’s working groups and the Greener UK coalition. Read the joint submission to EFRA’s enquiry here.

A new report from the Soil Association and Pesticide Action Network UK shows that the ‘cocktail effect’ – dangerous interactions between different pesticide chemicals – is going untested and unchecked, with potentially dire consequences for our wildlife and our health. A guest blog from Louise Payton, Policy Officer at the Soil Association highlights the main findings of this report.

Other blogs included Nathan Richardson, Policy Manager for Waterwise, writing all about leaky loos and water efficiency in celebration of World Water Day and Gillian Burke on the importance of diversity in the environment sector, ahead of speaking on this topic at Link’s annual debate this week!

This month, Link published the following blogs, publications and press releases:
Joint GUK and Link submission to EFRA enquiry into the Environment Bill
SNP, Green & Labour party responses to Link’s General Election manifesto
Diversity is vital in our environment and in the debate on its future• Leaky loos – its going down the pan!
Pervasive pesticides: the cocktail effect
The plight of wild birds is a warning call for us all

We welcome blogs from Link members and others. To contribute a blog for the Link website, please contact Emma Adler, Link’s Head of Communications.

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