So we now have a date for the EU referendum, Thursday 23rd June. I wonder what the outcome will be and I wonder what this could mean for the natural world. How will this impact wildlife/climate policies, as most of these are made at EU level.
I gave a talk at Westminster last year asking our MPs to put nature at the heart of their decision making and not to leave it last in the queue. Sadly though, the natural world seems to have fallen further and further down the political agenda. Below are just a few examples of decisions that have been made since then:
Wildlife crime unit was recently facing closure
Subsidies cut for green energy
Fracking to be allowed under national parks (fracking to be allowed at all)
More and more green belt land being given over for development
It really worries me how short sighted so many political and business decisions can be. They allow everyone to keep taking from the natural world and don't do nearly enough to protect it for future generations. We can't survive without nature, we all are a part of it, we all have to look after it. It's as simple as that.
I can't have a vote in the referendum, so I am asking you all to help my generation's voice be heard in a different way, by joining my Thunderclap in shouting out a clear message. The message is that we want to see people with the power to make a difference thinking 500 years ahead and not just 5 years ahead.
So please, please sign up to this Thunderclap and help me to get my generation's voice heard.
Thank you, and keep thinking 500 years ahead.