EU and environmental protection

The environment is obviously a big concern for biologists like me. How we manage human-impacted landscapes and protect the natural world is very important if one believes in and respects the rights of other organisms to live and flourish on this planet alongside us.

As a follow-on to my last post, the EU referendum also raises issues of future environmental protection in the UK, whether we remain or leave. Organisations are – of course – very wary of telling people how to vote, and have to be wary of being on the “losing” side. However, the RSPB have presented their take on whether nature would do better or worse with the UK in or out of the EU, and they have decided that the UK would do worse it we were to leave.

Independent advice and facts can seem hard to come by, but please see below for a very useful summary table of the consequences of staying or going for UK environmental/wildlife legislation. The table is taken from a report jointly commissioned last year by the RSPB, WWF and the Wildlife Trusts by the Institute for European Environmental Policy. The full report can be found here, and a discussion of the report – complete with the table – can be found here on Martin Harper’s blog.

EU and environmental legislation IEEP report

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