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"UK Government is not going far or fast enough" - WWF responds to the Queen's Speech

Lang Banks, Director of Advocacy at WWF commented on the Queen’s Speech

“This speech, whilst punctuated with some encouraging words, shows that the UK Government is not going far or fast enough to protect and restore our nature and wildlife. We had been hoping for the UK Government to set out how it would address declining wildlife, polluted rivers, and the threat of climate change.

“Whilst it is pleasing to see a reaffirmed commitment to the Paris Agreement, this should be seen as the very minimum in our responsibility to the environment. The Speech lacked details on how we will actually achieve our climate goals with the absence of a long awaited plan to reduce emissions. It was a missed opportunity to commit to introducing a 25 Year Plan for our environment and it failed to protect the world’s most iconic wildlife by omitting a consultation on a domestic UK ban on ivory.

“We need to use the opportunity of the Fisheries Bill to establish transparent, sustainable, and accountable fisheries. Priority has to be given to having sustainable fish stocks that support marine protection and coastal communities.”

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