Chris Packham has with a group of scholars and experts published a manifesto on behalf of wildlife. It is a call to action – informed action. It is best to quote Chris himself:
I believe that conservation and environmental care should be wholly independent from any party politics.
I believe we need a greater political consensus on what needs to be done for nature – saying ‘we care’ is not enough – we need informed action.
I believe conservation policies should be informed by sound science and fact but also motivated by the desire to be kinder and fairer to the living world.
I think that lobbying from vested interest groups working to discredit such facts should be terminated immediately.
I believe that an independent public service body should be established to oversee all conservation and environmental care and that it should receive significant, long-term, ring-fenced funding, so that it is independent from the whims of party politics and different periods
That body – LIFE UK – would thus address issues from climate change, biodiversity loss, landscape and conservation management through to wildlife crime, all of which (and more) are discussed in this manifesto.
As the UK’s nations have devolved government, LIFE UK could be publicly funded with an independent tax akin to the BBC licence fee, payable by all UK adults and similarly scaled. We want and need our wildlife back – so we will all have to pay fairly for it. But we want results too – so its conservation must be independent, informed, efficient and deliver real benefits in .
We should all invest in our wildlife.
The manifesto is available below: this is the long version that lacks any of the illustrations of the main public version. It is too large for the website to handle. However, it can be found here .