Nature For Everyone campaign launch
We have joined over 60 organisations to demand a ‘legal right to nature’.
From listening to birdsong, to walks in the woods with friends, getting out in nature is great for our physical and mental health. But one in three people don’t have nature near their home, with the poorest communities and people of colour twice as likely to live in nature-deprived areas. Many existing sites are in poor condition or at risk from development. And many are not easily accessible for those with mobility issues or disabilities or those facing wider societal barriers.
This lack of, and deterioration in, our public natural spaces means thousands of communities are missing out on the joys and health benefits of access to nature. A huge local authority funding gap is largely to blame, with an estimated £190 million lost from local authority parks budgets alone since 2016.
A legal right to local nature
Earth Trust has joined with more than 60 nature, health, planning and equality organisations to demand ‘a legal right to nature’ in upcoming Levelling Up legislation and guarantee #NatureForEveryone.
The campaign is asking the government to put a requirement in law for developers and public bodies to provide access to nature-rich green and blue spaces for everyone, and for the government to provide the funding to deliver this. The public is being urged to sign a petition to support the call for action: bit.ly/nature-everyone
Championing green spaces
For 50 years Earth Trust has been providing and championing accessible green space and run inspiring, award-winning programmes to help people connect with nature through them. Read more in our Nature for everyone, everywhere blog.
We are redoubling our efforts to ensure that not only are we caring for green spaces for everyone to access and enjoy, but that we’re working with communities to better understand and resolve how to bring the benefits of nature and the natural environment to everyone, where they live, work and play.