View this email in your browser
Our Green Party peers - Jenny Jones and Natalie Bennett are asking you to sign this petition to improve the Environment Bill as it progresses through the second chamber and back to the Commons. 

The Environment Bill will only protect human health and the natural world if it is enforceable. At the moment, the bill allows ministers to do things, but in only a handful areas does it give them the legal responsibility to act - for which they can be held accountable. You can help support amendments to ensure there are clear rules to protect us all.

By signing this petition, you are calling on members of the House of Lords to back amendments that give us an Environment Bill that will deliver what's urgently needed for people and nature, on MPs to support them, and on the government to accept those amendments.
By signing this petition you will help us:  

🌎 Create an Office for Environmental Protection (OEP) that has independence of funding and appointments, along with the ability to take court action against the government and other public bodies when they get things wrong

🌎 Stop the government directing the OEP's work or hiding reports.  

🌎  Commit the UK government to work to make ecocide an international crime

🌎 Ensure improving soil health and quality is at the centre of the Bill

🌎 Ensure that Ministers MUST meet targets, interim targets and stick to environmental principles

The Lords will be debating and voting on some crucial amendments in September/October. If passed, these will return to the House of Commons for them to consider. We need your help in making the case for a strong Environment Bill that will protect human health and enhance nature. Some of these crucial amendments are described below.
  • One amendment relates to the Conservation of Habitats and Species Regulations 2017/1012 which simply goes through and replaces the word ‘may’ with ‘must’.
  • Another amendment replaces all the 'due regard' clauses with Ministers having to stick to the environmental principles and rules. So instead of Ministers having the option of acting, or not acting, to protect our most precious natural areas, this would ensure they have to conserve biodiversity and protect human health.
  • Natalie is supporting the big push by NGOs to make it a duty for the environment minister to set a target to halt, and begin to reverse, the decline in the state of nature in England, as soon as reasonably practicable, and no later than 2030. 
  • Jenny is backing seven amendments on air pollution, including the WHO standards for particulates being written into UK law and achieved by 2030 at the latest. 
  • Another amendment requires that local authorities have a similar duty to protect biodiversity. Natalie has also  spoken about why the armed services need to be covered by the Environment Bill, rather than exempt. 
  • The UK Government used to report environmental failings and successes to the EU. One of Jenny's amendments requires the government to report on air pollution, water quality, waste etc. to the new Office for Environmental Protection.
  • Natalie backed an amendment that would ensure that all the research that guides the OEP decisions is publicly available and that government, along with other organisations, have to release environmental information in line with the Arrhuse Convention. This could be the basis of partnership working. For example, a great deal of this information would also be of great use to farmers.
  • There are a large range of amendments regarding the powers and independence of the Office for Environmental Protection (OEP). The Government say 'trust us, we don’t have any ill intentions', but the point is not who the current Minister is, or what the Government of the moment’s intentions are. If this organisation is not to fail to protect biodiversity and our natural habitat - as Nature England and the Environment Agency both failed - then it needs to be truly independent and underpinned by strong legal principles.
  • Another amendment gives the OEP the power to impose fines for government bodies that fail on the environment, with the money going to the NHS for treatment of those suffering the impacts of air pollution. These amendments combined would give the Office for Environmental Protection some teeth.
Our mailing address is:

Want to change how you receive these emails?
You can update your preferences or unsubscribe from this list.

This email was sent to <<Email Address>>
why did I get this?    unsubscribe from this list    update subscription preferences
House of Lords Green Group · House of Lords · London, Greater London SW1A 0PW · United Kingdom

Email Marketing Powered by Mailchimp