Zero Hour has launched a new United for Nature petition with birder and activist, Dr Mya-Rose Craig. The petition calls on the Prime Minister to set a legally-binding target to reverse nature loss by 2030 (against a 2020 baseline). In light of the delayed publication of the Environment Act targets—and ahead of CBD COP15—Zero Hour believes that we have a window of opportunity to act, and we might just win! At the UN biodiversity summit COP15, the UK Government is championing a global goal for the world to be nature positive by 2030, and we’re arguing that the UK can only be world leading by locking this same ambition into legislation at home.
Therefore, while we are asking the public and civil society to sign up to the United for Nature petition, last Friday Lord Redesdale used the Climate and Ecology Bill’s committee stage as an opportunity to draw national attention to the nature target within the Bill. Lord Redesdale has amended the Bill down to its nature clauses—a new Ecology Bill—which is viewable here. If made law, passing the Nature Target through the Ecology Bill would be an important first step towards seeing the full Climate and Ecology Bill enshrined in law. And while we focus on the nature target in the Lords, in the meantime, we will also reintroduce the full Climate and Ecology Bill in the Commons at the end of the year or at the beginning of 2023.
This nature target focus, while shining a light on the often under-represented half of the climate-nature emergency, will (as ever in Zero Hour’s work) provide an opportunity to promote the interconnectedness of the crises—and the urgency of restoring nature in order to mitigate and adapt to the worst impacts of the climate emergency.