Litter louts should be fined a minimum of £500 as part of measures to protect wildlife, according to a thinktank. Bright Blue recommends 50 new policies in its report, including banning black plastic and non-flushable wipes, ending UK taxpayer subsidies for wood burning in power stations and outlawing the destructive practice of bottom trawling at sea. Among the positive measures are calls for every secondary school to plant trees, more funding for farmers to support bees and other pollinators, and a £1bn-a-year fund to tackle the global wildlife crisis. Populations of the UK’s most important wildlife have fallen by an average of 60% since 1970, and the UK is considered to be among the most nature-depleted countries in the world. The losses mirror the global annihilation of wildlife, which scientists suggest is the start of a sixth mass extinction on Earth and is undermining the natural life-support systems that humanity relies on for air, water and food. Crucial UN summits on biodiversity and the climate crisis take place in 2020, with the UK hosting the latter in Glasgow in November. “Biodiversity decline and climate change are urgent and interlinked crises,” said Patrick Hall, a researcher at Bright Blue, a liberal… Read full this story
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