Giles Watling, MP for Clacton, has met with young people from across Essex Wildlife Trust, at a Parliamentary reception on Wednesday 14th November, and heard their views on the natural environment.

The event, which was attended by representatives from all UK Wildlife Trusts, highlighted the urgent need for an ambitious Environment Bill to ensure nature’s recovery. This piece of legislation would not only establish new environmental targets and introduce a strong green watchdog but would also drive the creation of Nature Recovery Networks. These would better protect and join-up important places for wildlife and to ensure everyone, whatever their background, has access to wildlife-rich natural green space.

As set out in the 25 Year Plan to Improve the Environment, the decision to leave the European Union has created an historic opportunity to deliver a Green Brexit, where environmental standards are not only maintained but enhanced. The Government, and Giles, are committed to making this the first generation to leave the environment in a better state than they found it.

Stephanie Hilborne OBE, Chief Executive of The Wildlife Trusts said:

“Young people are a vital part of our movement and increasingly active in calling for change. They believe that everyone should have the opportunity to experience nature during their school lives and should have opportunities to work in environmental jobs. They also want to guarantee a more positive future for our natural environment.

“The quality of life for future generations will depend on securing an ambitious new Environment Bill. This is a once-in-a lifetime opportunity to build a wilder, healthier and happier future – putting nature into recovery and ensuring everyone has access to wildlife.”

Giles said:

“I was delighted to learn the views of Essex Wildlife Trust, not least the views of the young people involved in the Trust. Often their contact with nature has had a lifechanging impact. I was particularly encouraged by the clear passion young people show towards the environment.

“Nature provides us with many things and we owe it to the next generation to leave them a greener future full of wildlife. I fully support the need for government action including through Nature Recovery Networks.”