• 30×30 for a flourishing planet?

    30x30 for a flourishing planet?

    Colin Beale, A Rocha UK Trustee and Reader at the University of York comments on the Prime Minister’s recent promise to protect 30% of UK’s land by 2030.

    On 28 September, Prime Minister Boris Johnson took a temporary break from Covid responses to announce a commitment to protect 30% of the UK’s land to support the recovery of nature. This adds to existing commitments to protect 30% of our seas, becoming the ‘30 by 30’ pledge: promising to protect 30% of land and sea as a commitment to put nature on a path to recovery by 2030. It is easy to suspect this is the latest of a long line of empty commitments to improve nature; afterall, this new target replaces the 2010 commitment to halt biodiversity loss by 2020 that we have so spectacularly failed to enact. But it is undeniable that this ... Read more...

  • Planning system shake up – danger ahead for nature.

    Planning system shake up - danger ahead for nature.

    A Rocha UK Trustee Rev. Dr Mike Perry comments on the shake-up to planning promised in the August White Paper ‘Planning for the Future’.

    ‘Build, Build, Build’ has been a recent mantra of the UK government. In June Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced fundamental changes to planning in England as part of last month’s consultative White Paper ‘Planning for the Future’. The changes aim to radically reduce and simplify environmental assessment within the planning process in England. However, as these proposals stand, the result will be that local communities cannot rely on a reactive process of opposing the development of Local Plans. It is essential now for environmental groups to engage with the government as it formulates its new strategy.

    Successive governments have considered the planning process to be cumbersome and a brake on the economy. The White Paper, as far as ... Read more...

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