In our busy lives it’s easy to overlook the importance of nature and how we need it more than we realise for:
- healthy foods
We’re taking nature for granted with the result it’s now in decline.
In the main, policy treats nature as nice to have rather than essential and a necessary sacrifice in the name of economic growth.
But we take a different view.
We’ve a plan to help people, businesses and governments restore nature – not only for people’s benefit, but for its own sake.
It would cost $76bn a year to save nature - it sounds like a lot but that's a fifth of what the world spends on soft drinks each year.
Nature everywhere campaign
We’re campaigning for:
- The rapid and extensive restoration of abundant nature everywhere
Not just in nature reserves - but in cities, the countryside, our rivers, and at sea.
- Children to have more and better contact with nature
As part of their daily lives, at home, at play and at school.
- High-quality nature to be the norm in our communities
As normal as having decent schools, local shops and transport.
- An end to the plundering of our seas and abuse of marine environments Including the creation of a network of UK and global marine protected areas.
- Urgent action by government, business and others on international obligations
Ensuring the UK and Europe meet their international obligations to reverse nature’s decline by 2020.
- Governments and businesses to take the true value of nature into account when making decisions
Instead of moves to turn nature into a tradable unit to sell to the highest bidder.
We’re also working with European and international colleagues to promote the restoration and protection nature across the seas and continents.
Our track record
Friends of the Earth has worked on nature issues since 1971. We started the Save the Whales campaign and led successful efforts to outlaw the trade in endangered species.
Our work to secure stronger protection for our best wildlife havens, to end the use of dangerous chemicals in farming and to dramatically improve water quality across the UK has had lasting benefits.
In 2012 we launched The Bee Cause to end the plight of British bees. We harnessed public, political and business opinion and persuaded the Government to develop a national National Pollinator Strategy to save bees.
What can I do?
- Watch our video about The Bee Cause and get some ideas on how you can help
- Create Bee Worlds in your community, local school or at work
- Demand high-quality local nature in your area – let us know and we can help
- Get involved with our campaigning and take action