Don’t Abandon Environmental Regulations in the UK

Target: Tim Hitchens, Acting Director General of Economic and Consular Affairs

Goal: Don’t shift focus in a post-Brexit United Kingdom away from laws which protect wildlife and the environment.

The United Kingdom’s wildlife may soon face dire threats as the country plans to withdraw important environmental regulations and protections. Britain continues to lag behind the rest of Europe on several key environmental measures, including EU-imposed regulations which would severely limit the amount of deadly nitrogen dioxide from diesel engines entering the atmosphere by 2025.

Recently revealed notes from Tim Hitchens, a top British diplomat and head of economic and consular affairs at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), reveals a desired nationwide policy-shift away from EU-era environmental regulations and laws prohibiting illegal wildlife trade. The notes were part of a speech Hitchens’s plans to deliver later this month.

This shift would allegedly facilitate the UK’s ability to trade with developing nations in Africa and Latin America, but could signal environmental disaster in Britain and allow for endangered animals to be exploited. The speech notes indicate that doing so would be in line with prime minister Theresa May’s vision of the United Kingdom as a “great, global trading nation.”

Moving away from environmental and wildlife trade regulations is a step in the wrong direction for the United Kingdom and will not ensure its prosperity. Worldwide, the green economy is surging, with more sustainable energy options outpacing fossil fuels. There is no need to move backwards on issues like climate change or wildlife conservation while the rest of the world makes continued progress. Sign this petition to tell director general Hitchens that his planned call for deregulation is a bad move for Britain.


Dear Mr. Hitchens,

The recent findings from your proposed speech regarding prosperity and global trade for the United Kingdom are deeply troubling. In the discovered notes, you state that there must be a shift away from focusing on environmental regulations and laws prohibiting illegal wildlife trade so that Britain can more easily conduct business with countries in Africa and Latin America.

This is a move in the wrong direction for the United Kingdom. As the country leaves the European Union, measures must be put in place that will ensure both economic prosperity and long-term protection for the environment and wildlife. Climate change is one of humanity’s greatest existential threats, and more must be done to protect future generations against its harmful effects.

I urge you to reconsider your position on this matter and to not call for reckless deregulatory measures that will make Britain less healthy and less able to compete in the emerging green global economy.


[Your Name Here]

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  1. Theresa May’s vision of the UK as a “great global trading nation” sounds scarily similar to Trump’s “make America great again”.
    In their heady rush for greatness, the UK must NOT throw away much-needed protections for wildlife and the environment, as Trump is sadly doing now.


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