Save Birds and their Habitat from Environmental Cutbacks

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Target: The Head of European Parliament Martin Schulz

Goal: Protect vital laws in place that protect Europe’s indigenous species and environments.

A government program that protects the environment is being threatened by a review process that will give big business the opportunity to defund it. The European Birds and Habitats Directives’, also known as the Nature Directives, focuses on protecting wildlife species and habitats throughout the United Kingdom and Europe, but green parliament members worry that big business will use the review as an opportunity to lobby for downsizing its legislation by claiming it is detrimental to economic growth. Write to the European Parliament and save these environment defenders by urging them not to remove any of the Directive’s legislation or funding.

Molly Scott Cato is a parliament member for Dartmoor, a region in South West England protected by the directives. Cato has expressed openly to The Green Party that this review is part of a broader “Better Regulation” agenda where the European Commission clearly sides with the business companies that are quick to dismiss regulation as “expensive red tape.”

In the meantime, the European Parliament has created an online consultation for the public to record the general opinion and perspective of these directives and their efficacy. About 100 volunteer organizations have called for the protection of this legislation by creating petitions and assisting citizens in completing the Commission’s consultation, and it’s time that our voices be added to the outcry.

PETITION LETTER:

To the Head of European Parliament Martin Schulz,

I am incredibly concerned about the security and preservation of the European Birds and Habitats Directives, also known as the Nature Directives. Currently these directives’ legislation and protective power are at risk due to the recently passed European Commission and the review of the group it entails.

Right now, a third of Europe’s bird species are under threat, and we cannot risk the chance of the Bird Directive’s power or regulation being removed by this review. And while regulation can sometimes call for further expenses from the government, every cent of these funds are necessary to protect and support the struggling native wildlife of the whole of Europe.

Recently you released a consultation survey to the public about these directives. I would like to respond by saying that I believe nature conservation is absolutely vital to Europe and all unions and that the strategic objectives used by these directives are appropriate and necessary. They have an excellent approach and are very effective in protecting nature. These environmental regulations are still needed and should be better supported by surrounding policy.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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