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Autumn Statement: RSPB response

Jeff Knott, director of policy and advocacy at the RSPB, said: “Nature is in crisis, yet the UK Government is silent. With barely a word in the Autumn Statement about actions to tackle the nature and climate emergency, it is hard to see how we can get nature’s recovery on track in time for 2030.

“The natural world underpins everything in our lives, including the economy, and there is strong evidence to show that investing in nature improves our long-term economic performance. This was a chance for Chancellor Jeremy Hunt to prove that the UK government is committed to promises made to protect and restore 30% of our land and sea by 2030. There was rightly a push for better infrastructure and housing, but there was nothing about how these can help drive nature’s renewal. 

“We’re already one of the most nature-depleted countries on the planet and political inaction is helping push our natural world to the brink. We urgently need all our politicians to speak up and act. Nature can’t wait any longer.”