White paper on natural environment 'too vague' say FOE
- Published on Tuesday, 07 June 2011 14:06
- Posted by Scott Buckler
Bolder action is needed to protect nature at home and abroad if the Government is to deliver on its pledge of being the “greenest ever”, Friends of the Earth is warning today (Tuesday 7 June 2011) following the launch of the Natural Environment White Paper
The green campaigning charity welcomed proposed measures to protect wildlife sites and green spaces but said they were too little or too vague to safeguard the huge economic value of nature and the social and health benefits it brings.
The group is calling for changes in Government policy to prevent environmental damage in the UK and abroad – and urging every department across Whitehall to play its part in building a greener, prosperous and wildlife-rich future.
Friends of the Earth campaigner Paul de Zylva said:
“New designated wildlife areas, green spaces and efforts to restore peat bogs that suck up carbon will help to protect our natural environment.
“Putting nature’s economic value at the heart of government policy makes sound financial sense – our green spaces are worth billions in keeping us healthy and happy, and protecting them goes hand in hand with building a greener economy.
“Schemes that offset environmental damage by protecting wildlife sites elsewhere may have a role to play in protecting nature in future – but they are no substitute for preventing damage in the first place.
“If the Government is serious about being the ‘greenest ever’, it must introduce policies right across Whitehall that help to protect nature home and abroad – such as supporting planet-friendly farming..”