Skip to content

Reneging on commitment to a ‘nature positive future’

11th October 2022

Letter published by the West Sussex Gazette, 5 October 2022.


Reneging on commitment to a ‘nature positive future’

The Treasury’s ‘Growth Plan 2022’, published 23 Sep 2022, makes clear the Government’s intent to revoke vital EU-derived environmental laws that provide much needed protection for vulnerable wildlife and habitats that are at significant risk.

On that day, too, to enable the removal of these laws Defra with little or no publicity introduced to Parliament its ‘Retained EU Laws (Revocation and Reform) Bill’.

The Government is reneging on its previous pivotal commitment, made in its response to ‘The Economics of Biodiversity The Dasgupta Review’ (July 2021), to “(1) delivering a ‘nature positive’ future, in which we leave the environment in a better state than we found it, and reverse biodiversity loss globally by 2030; and (2) ensuring economic and financial decision-making, and the systems and institutions that underpin it, supports the delivery of that nature positive future”.

No matter that the then Government agreed with the Dasgupta Review’s fundamental conclusion that “nature, and the biodiversity that underpins it, ultimately sustains our economies, livelihoods and well-being, and so our decisions must take into account the true value of the goods and services we derive from it” (The Economics of Biodiversity. The Dasgupta Review. Government Response, Presented to Parliament by the Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury, July 2021). The Growth Plan 2022 neither recognises nor acknowledges the true value of nature and biodiversity.

How will the abolition of these laws impact on nature and the ability to combat Climate Change?

Have MPs read the Government’s response to the Dasgupta Review?

Have they examined the ONS’s UK Natural Capital Accounts: 2021, which estimates ‘the financial and societal value of natural resources to people in the UK’?

They should note the advice therein that “The natural world supports all life on earth, and its collapse would precipitate our own”.

Yours faithfully,

Dr R F Smith

Trustee CPRE Sussex

For more details: including call for action.