How to reduce the serious losses in biodiversity.
How to restore the link between a thriving natural environment and the clean water, good-quality soil and carbon storage.
Biodiversity is good for us:
Last month, the Environment Agency warned about how the huge losses in biodiversity will impact us all:
A new Environment Agency study released today shows 41% of England’s native flora and fauna species have considerably decreased since 1970, with 15% at serious risk of extinction. In a speech to mark a new report on the extent of biodiversity loss nationwide, EA chief executive Sir James Bevan will highlight the link between a thriving natural environment and the clean water, good-quality soil and carbon storage needed for humans to survive.
So, what can we do about it?
Green towns and cities:
Replace car parks with actual parks:
Get inspiration from the young:
Be business responsible:
Without clear principles, rewilding has become a trendy buzzword that is often used indiscriminately…
We’ve published a set of guiding principles which specify what rewilding should involve and how it should be done. This is the result of one of the most comprehensive international studies on rewilding to date, reviewing best practices and the latest science, instigated by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature and involving hundreds of experts.
- Don’t (always) start with wolves
- Do reconnect people with nature
- Don’t alienate rural communities
- Do think about the future
Go wild at home:
The most productive way of increasing diversity would be to get rid of lovely manicured lawns and foreign plants in town gardens. Allow areas to become overgrown, plant native shrubs and trees in gardens. Begin by connecting people to the country this way first.