This April Fool’s Day 65 nature charities have joined together to remind MPs that the State of Nature is no joke. They have sent every MP in England a ‘newspaper from the future’. It includes the headlines for 1 April 2030 if a nature recovery target is put into law in the Environment Bill, which is currently making its way through Parliament. The charities say we would be fools not to make the most of this chance to improve the State of Nature.
The stunt newspaper features stories where the UK exceeds climate targets, becomes international surfing HQ with its pristine seas, and reverses years of declines for wildlife like hedgehogs, butterflies and bees. Other stories tell of a boost for farming profits through investment in nature and an end to the obesity crisis as people’s access to green spaces is improved.
Celebrities with a passion for nature have taken to Twitter posting photos of themselves reading the 2030 newspaper. They include TV presenters Chris Packham, conservationist Steve Backshall and Olympic rower Helen Glover, and youth environment activist Mya-Rose Craig (known as Birdgirl).
The coalition is using the April Fool’s Day action to highlight its State of Nature campaign, which is petitioning the Prime Minister to amend the Environment Bill to include a legally-binding target to halt nature’s decline by 2030. Launched exactly 1 month ago (on 1 March) the campaign has already achieved more than 100,000 signatures for its petition, enough to seek a debate on the issue in Parliament. The coalition are urging more people to sign to show the strength of public support for stronger protections for our natural world.