Huge backing for protecting 30 percent of UK for nature
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And 39 percent thought this was the most important issue for the future compared to 31 percent who prioritised the pandemic. Another survey by Tory thinktank Bright Blue yesterday found overwhelming support for policies to boost the eco-world.
It said 75 percent back a Government pledge to protect nature across 30 percent of the UK by 2030.
And 74 percent favour making developers boost the environment when building houses, while 73 percent want a network of sites that are important for wildlife.
But only about one in four think the national and devolved authorities are doing enough.
Boris Johnson’s father Stanley, a lifelong conservationist, said: “Though public opinion is increasingly concerned, there is still some way to go before the protection of nature finds its rightful place at the very top of national and international priorities. So much to do, so little time to do it.”
The Daily Express is crusading for a greener Britain.
Support for measures to boost nature is strong among over-55s despite the green image of millennials. Similarly 52 percent of over-55s oppose building on Green Belt land even if developers have to boost nature in compensation.
This is compared to 67 percent of those aged 18 to 34 who backed it.
Patrick Hall, author of the Bright Blue report, said: “The public expect to see the Government taking a higher level of responsibility.
‘The public marginally favours interventionist policies over those which are financially incentivising.”
For example the report said there is a preference for bans on environmentally damaging products (59 percent) to financial incentives to go green (41 percent).
Together we can help nature by purchasing a new reserve
The Daily Express is raising funds to help the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds buy a nature reserve.
The spot, called Horse Common, in the New Forest, could become a haven for rare species such as nightingales and lesser spotted woodpeckers.
Our Green Britain Needs You campaign is aiming to make more space for nature. So far we have raised £39,000 towards our goal of £90,000.
To help, please send cheques made payable to RSPB to Daily Express Horse Common appeal, RSPB, The Lodge, Sandy, Bedfordshire, SG19 2DL or donate via rspb.org.uk/expressappeal
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