Henry Smith MP has given his support to the Sussex Wildlife Trust Pledge for the Environment, which calls on the UK Government to continue to work to protect the natural environment following the United Kingdom’s vote to leave the European Union.
“I’m delighted to support the Sussex Wildlife Trust’s Pledge for the Environment and thank them for the community conservation work they carry out across the county, particularly in Crawley and Gatwick areas.
“Following our country’s decision to leave the EU, the UK Government has a great opportunity to build on its existing work to ensure a healthy and prosperous future for us all.
“I want the UK to continue to be a world leader in taking forward environmental policies to create a more sustainable future for the planet.
“I was pleased to raise the importance of this with the Prime Minister in the House of Commons a few weeks ago, and I’ll continue to raise the importance of this issue with the PM and the Environment Secretary.”
Dr Tony Whitbread, Chief Executive of the Sussex Wildlife Trust, added;
“I was delighted to meet Henry Smith MP and particularly pleased to receive his support for the Pledge for the Environment. We found we had a lot in common, particularly in wishing to achieve a sustainable future for both local business and the environment.”
Members of Parliament across the county are being asked to work towards ensuring they help;
- Establish the UK as a world leader on the environment by committing to match or exceed current environmental, wildlife and habitat protections.
- Ensure the UK leads on climate change by publishing robust low carbon investment plans and ratifying the Paris Agreement this year.
- Create a countryside richer in nature by supporting farmers and landowners to deliver environmental benefits alongside a thriving farming sector.