Restore Funding to Fight Climate Change And Mass Extinction

Target: Theresa Villiers, Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, United Kingdom

Goal: Restore crucial funding to Scottish wildlife agencies that fight climate change and protect endangered species.

Charities that work to protect and restore wildlife in Scotland have had their funding cut by £100 million (almost $131 million) over the last ten years, according to a coalition of wildlife groups. The result of a decade of austerity policies, the cuts represent a grave danger to wildlife in the country, coinciding with a critical point in the fight the effects of climate change. The loss of this funding has undermined the efforts of more than 35 agencies to save endangered species and restore the Scottish countryside to its natural glory.

Not even funding from the European Union and the private sector have been enough to stem the damage done by climate change. Species still under threat in Scotland include the red deer, golden eagle, red squirrel, pine marten, bottlenose dolphin, and the Scottish wildcat, along with dozens of other plant and animal species. With the UK’s imminent departure from the EU, that funding will soon dry up, leaving many agencies without the necessary funding to protect and preserve Scotland’s wildlife.

Both the UK and the Scottish government have committed to fighting climate change and protecting animal and plant life across the country, with Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon declaring a climate emergency in her country earlier this year. But without the means to save essential and endangered species, this determination could turn into a tragedy.

Sign below to demand that the British government restore funding to conservationists and help stop the damage done to wildlife in Scotland.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Ms. Villiers,

Funding cuts to Scottish wildlife charities endanger ongoing efforts to preserve that country’s biodiversity. These cuts have come along with a wide range of cuts to numerous other programs including law enforcement and health, but the effect on Scottish wildlife will be long-lasting and even permanent without immediate action.

We demand that the £100 million cut from funding to Scottish wildlife be restored immediately, and that you lead your department in providing adequate support and assistance to conservation efforts all over the UK.

With the declaration of a climate emergency by Parliament earlier this year, your government has a duty to take the environment seriously and to act to protect the biodiversity of the whole of the United Kingdom. Scotland is home to some of the most diverse and precious wildlife in your country, and a failure to protect and restore it will be a failure of this duty to the planet and the people of Britain.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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