- The People’s Plan For Nature has finally landed - seeking a “Union” of forces, to ensure nature is at the heart of all policy, The Daily Alternative (Mar 25, 2023)
- People’s Plan for Nature arrives, saveourwildisles.org.uk (Mar 23, 2023) — A world-first, a plan created for the people, by the people of the UK – a vision for the future of nature, and the actions we must all take to protect and renew it.
The article below (to date, March 29, 2023) is mostly a summary and outline of the process by which the plan came about. To support the plan, and add your voice, go to the participation sections of saveourwildisles.org.uk. Their 'Take action' menu for example, leads to a section on "In Your Community"...
"unique collaboration with the UK public to protect and restore nature in the UK"
The National Trust, the RSPB and WWF are (September 2022) launching the People's Plan for Nature, inviting the nation to have its say on how the UK solves the ongoing nature crisis. Through both a UK-wide conversation and the UK's first ever citizens' assembly for nature, the charities are inviting people to share their ideas and together develop a set of public demands to tackle the nature crisis.
Asking the public[edit | edit source]
This summer the UK has seen an unprecedented heatwave, drought and an ongoing failure to address pollution across UK waterways. Respondents to a poll were asked to select up to three things they'd most want to see in their local area to improve nature and wildlife; the suggestions with the highest percentages were, in order:
- More action for cleaner rivers, waterways and seas
- More protection for nature in the planning and house building system
- Strengthened legal protection for nature, wildlife, and habitats
- More wildlife reserves to protect habitats and increase wildlife diversity
- More funding to restore and protect nature-friendly spaces in farmlands.
People sharing their visions[edit | edit source]
The charities are encouraging the public to share their thoughts on the future of nature in the UK by visiting peoplesplanfornature.org before 30th October. The charities have also partnered with Future Art Centres (a network of independent cultural centres across the UK) to help facilitate the conversation. The public will be invited to add their ideas to specially-designed tree installations at 30 Art Centres around the country and selected National Trust venues.
"The People's Plan for Nature gives us a rare opportunity to unite and bring about desperately needed change for our natural world. We have all turned to and appreciated nature like never before in the last few years. For me, spending time immersed in the natural world is my medicine, it's good for the soul, body and mind. Yet the UK is one of the most nature depleted countries in the world. Nature needs us now more than ever, and this is the time for us all to stand up, take action and use our voices to protect and restore our precious wildlife species, ecosystems and environment. Together we can make a real difference." Actor, presenter and activist, Cel Spellman.
Have your say in saving wildlife[edit | edit source]
The People's Plan for Nature will give a voice to everyone to share their ideas, asking the public: "what do you love about nature in the UK? What would you miss if it disappeared?" to get their feedback on how to thwart the nature crisis and to understand what people would like to see for the future of UK nature and wildlife.
Have your say by visiting by visiting peoplesplanfornature.org before 30th October, 2022
People's Assembly for Nature[edit | edit source]
Starting in November 2022, a representative group of 100 people from across the UK will come together in the first ever UK-wide citizens' assembly for nature to develop a set of recommendations to help and restore nature in the UK. Over the course of the People's Assembly for Nature, participants will hear from leading scientists, politicians, industry leaders and members of the public to understand the pressures UK nature is under. In February, the People's Assembly for Nature will prioritise what it understands to be the most crucial solutions to protect and restore nature in the UK.
News and comment[edit | edit source]
- 81% of Britons believe nature is under threat and needs urgent action to protect it. We need a People's Plan For Nature, The Daily Alternative (Oct 11, 2022)
An open response to the People's Plan for Nature[edit | edit source]
open response to Q1: "What do you love about nature in the UK? What would you miss if it disappeared?"
- Those rare places in the South East where you can escape the noise of motorised traffic. Beaches at low tide and sunset. The magic of river and canal walks. Woodland walks in winter. Coastal and open countryside walks and walks along long distance paths. Walks through town, city and national parks. Natural areas of all kinds where community events can be held, eg apple day celebrations in a community orchard. Phil Green (Philralph (talk) 15:02, 19 October 2022 (UTC))
open response to Q2: "Imagine it's 2050 and nature in the UK is thriving. What is different from now?"
- Communities can influence levels of housebuilding in their area. Options flowing from expansion of community land trusts, housing cooperatives, community-led housing, and self-build, the People's Land Policy, nature conscious communities' rewilding and ecosystem restoration help provision not only meet both nature's needs & communities needs in balanced and mutually beneficial ways, but also ensure fair, equitable and sustainable housing. This happens within an interlinked series of Citizen Assemblies focused on housing: national, regional and bioregions. Local CO2 reduction targets include embodied carbon. Community designed and led initiatives are always properly resourced and supported. Phil Green (Philralph (talk) 15:03, 16 October 2022 (UTC))
open response to Q3: "What exciting examples have you seen of people working together to restore and protect nature?"
- https://www.wildeast.co.uk/ and their map of dreams. Phil Green (Philralph (talk) 12:31, 21 October 2022 (UTC))
See also[edit | edit source]
- Community action on biodiversity UK
- Biodiversity UK news
- Ecological restoration UK
- Towards a more democratic and climate friendly way of meeting housing need across England
- Rewilding UK
- Environment quality activism UK
- Environment quality UK news
- Open spaces activism UK
- Trees, woodland and forest UK
- Coastal community activism UK
- Rural sustainability UK
- Biodiversity UK news
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