Nature is one of our most valuable assets, but it is under threat. Here in the UK and across the world, we are experiencing biodiversity decline at an alarming rate – yet protecting and enhancing nature is vital for both our physical and mental wellbeing, and the fight against climate change, amongst many other benefits.
The issue of biodiversity collapse can too easily get lost amid the urgency of action to tackle climate change, but it is vital we view them as two equally important and interconnected issues. We can work with nature to help us tackle climate change, using nature-based solutions as part of global action to bring carbon emissions to net zero.
Nature also brings us a host of other benefits, including improved air and water quality, active lifestyles and healthy places where communities can thrive.
Working with independent thinktank Bright Blue, we’ve launched a new campaign entitled ‘Nature Positive?’ which looks to understand the UK public’s attitude toward the natural environment.
Underpinning the research is a survey of 2,000 members of the public which presents their opinion on a range of topics, including the quality of the natural environment, current Government policies to protect nature, and who should be responsible for enhancing it.