According to Wantage Lib Dem Parliamentary Candidate for the Wantage Constituency, the new Environment Bill, which includes Lib Dem policy of legally-binding targets is a welcome step, but there's much further to go.
Richard contributed to Liberal Democrat plans for legally-binding environmental targets in the 2015 party manifesto, then successfully brought a Natural Environment motion at Party conference confirming the party's support for legally-binding environmental goals. In 2017, he was hired by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs to work on The Environment Bill and other environmental policies.
"It's simply unacceptable that tens of thousands of people face early deaths every year from air pollution, that the relentless decline of wildlife and nature continues unabated, that our rivers are polluted and our sea life is being lost.
"I've worked with many brilliant conservationists over the last five years to campaign for legally-binding targets to halt and reverse the loss of nature and improve people's environment. Politicians on all sides of the House supported this important reform and Liberal Democrat Autumn Conference approved my motion calling for legally-binding targets in 2017.
"So, today, I am delighted that the Government has listened to our call and included legally-binding targets in the Environment Bill, which I worked on as a civil servant over the last two years.
"There is still much to improve - the bill leaves wriggle room for government to set weak targets and put off effort until far in the future, a clear goal for air quality improvements in line with World Health Organisation recommendations is needed, and it's vital for our local environment that the proposals for Local Nature Recovery Strategies are strengthened.