The last few decades have seen a major loss of wildlife around the world, which scientists are calling the sixth mass extinction. This degradation of the natural world is not just a tragedy for the plants and animals forever lost, but also poses a huge risk for human populations.

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We depend on a healthy planet for our survival—for the pollination of our crops and for clean water and air. Scientists have warned of looming ecological collapse if politicians fail to take emergency action.

The UK has some of the most depleted wildlife and nature in the world. The RSPB's 2019 State of Nature report on the UK’s biodiversity states:

  • 41% of all UK species have declined since the 1970s (hedgehogs by 95%).
  • 26% of the UK's mammals are at a very real risk of becoming extinct.
  • A third of the wild bees and hoverfly species have been lost, likely due to pesticides, habitat loss and climate change.
  • 97% of the UK’s wildflower meadows have disappeared in the last century. Read more from Kew Gardens on why wildflower meadows are so important.

The Government must give more focus to this issue, which is closely connected with climate change. The climate and ecological crises must be tackled together, with an appreciation of their interdependencies. The CEE Bill would formally recognise the link between the climate and ecological crises, helping ensure that solving problems in one doesn’t inadvertently create problems in the other.