Amidst political turmoil in Westminster, the People’s Plan for Nature initiative has been launched. The RSPB has also released a new report to set a clear plan for how the UK’s leaders must step up and deliver a decade of action. The following article is collated from peoplesplanfornature.org and from Wildlife and Countryside Link
What is the People’s Plan for Nature?
The People’s Plan for Nature is a UK-wide initiative launched by WWF, the National Trust and the RSPB. It is a unique, people-led collaboration to make our nature something we can all be proud of.
The nature crisis affects everyone, and we believe everyone should have a say in how we solve it. The People’s Plan for Nature is the UK’s biggest ever conversation about the future of nature.
Your suggestions are the first stage in creating the People’s Plan for Nature. They have been collected over the last weeks and will be shared during the People’s Assembly for Nature in November.
The result will be a plan which sets out how the government, businesses, NGOs and communities can take action to protect and restore nature. Together, we can all play our part to save nature.
The aim of the project is to gather people’s thoughts on 3 big questions:
• What do you love about nature in the UK? What would you miss if it disappeared?
• Imagine it’s 2050 and nature in the UK is thriving. What is different from now?
• What exciting examples have you seen of people working together to restore and protect nature?
The responses will then be collated and discussed at a People’s Assembly for Nature, and following this, a full report will be published in the new year.
People’s Assembly for Nature – what is it and how will it work?
The People’s Assembly for Nature is a citizens’ assembly which will run as part of the project. This assembly will bring together a group of people from all walks of life to have an honest conversation, find common ground and make recommendations for the protection and restoration of nature in the UK. It will bring together a broadly representative group of 100 people from across the country who will work together through a few key stages to reach a shared conclusion.
• Learn in depth about the topic from a variety of experts and witnesses
• Discuss the issue with their fellow assembly members, that have different backgrounds, values and experiences
• Be part of facilitated discussions to reach a set of recommendations about what needs to be done.
Those involved will meet over the course of four weekends, two in person in Birmingham and two online, between November 2022 and February 2023.
What we can do if we are not involved in the People’s Assembly for Nature
• Write to or tweet your MP / MSP and local councillors to encourage them to reject this attack on nature. There are templates and advice available from The Wildlife Trusts, and the RSPB.
• Respond to the People’s Plan for Nature and share widely with your network!
• If you are able to, make a donation to support one of the many organisations working to protect nature and wildlife such as The RSPB, Wildlife Trusts, WWF, or the National Trust.
• Join nearly 400,000 people who have signed the petition calling for a snap general election.
And you read the RSPB’s new report – A World Richer in Nature
With the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) COP15 summit just around the corner, the World Richer in Nature report gives clear recommendations for how the UK Government and devolved administrations can turn this situation around, step up and deliver a world richer in nature.
At the CBD summit countries are due to finally agree this decade’s ‘Global Biodiversity Framework’ detailing how they’ll take collective action for nature and people. Given we’re already 2 years into the decade, there isn’t a moment to waste; we need to plan how that global framework will deliver a nature positive world by 2030.