The General Election

The General Election

Short-eared owl - Andy Rouse/2020VISION

This general election, ask for a #WilderFuture

Our natural world is in deep trouble. We’re facing a climate and ecological emergency. Wildlife is in serious decline, in ever more isolated pockets, and the UK has become one of the most nature-depleted nations in the world.

But momentum for change is growing rapidly. Public concern for the environment is higher than ever and thousands of people have been calling on government to stand up for nature and tackle the climate crisis head on.

The general election is a golden opportunity to build on this momentum, but we need your help. We must all urge parties and their candidates to act now to turn things around.

Water Vole looking at the camera

Water Vole (Arvicola amphibius), Kent, UK - Terry Whittaker/2020VISION

Use your voice!

Nature urgently needs our help to recover. As the country heads to the polls for a General Election on 12 December, it’s crucial that candidates from all political parties hear about how important the environment is to people across the UK. We also want all candidates to understand our vision for wildlife so they can take the right steps to help ensure nature’s recovery, should they be elected into office. Tell them that they need to step up for nature!

You can: 

Print our poster

We’ve produced a poster to help you talk to candidates and we hope it will be useful for you at this important time. It contains our three key asks and some additional questions you can put to candidates. You could also display it somewhere visible so candidates can see it when they are canvassing in your neighbourhood.

Download the poster

Use our twibbon!

Show your support on your social media by using our twibbon!

Get the twibbon here

Quiz your candidates

Even if you think you know the answers the candidates will give to your questions, raising these issues directly will ensure they hear from you how important it is. Not mentioning it at all might give the impression it isn't a concern. We’ve put together a few quick questions you can ask them:

  1. How will you and your party act decisively to tackle the crises in the natural environment?

You could also ask: Will you and your party commit to an Environment Act that creates connections for wildlife and tackles nature’s decline head on?

  1. What will your party do to support farmers in contributing to nature’s recovery?

If you want more detail, ask them: Will you and your party introduce an Agriculture Bill that pays farmers for helping wildlife’s recovery and other positive environmental actions?

  1. What will your party do to protect and revive our seas?

More specifically: Will you make sure that our seas are managed properly, and important marine habitats are given the high level of protection they need and deserve?

Make a bigger splash – share these questions with others who care too!

Our manifesto for a #WilderFuture

This general election, we’re calling on every political party to pledge to deliver a #WilderFuture.

We know nature can bounce back in amazing ways. With the right laws in place, we can give nature the chance to recover and we can take big steps forward in the fight against climate change.

We want to see:

  • ambitious new laws for nature’s recovery
  • support for farmers to restore our wild places
  • better marine protection to revive our seas

Read our manifesto

The Wildlife Trusts are entirely non-partisan. We do not endorse, or otherwise act for, or on behalf of, any candidate, political party or parties. 

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