Declare an Ecological Emergency

In February 2020 we asked Newcastle City Council to acknowledge the ecological emergency.

In March 2021, we renewed this call and asked the Council to commit to managing at least 30% of land in Newcastle for nature by 2030 and to develop a biodiversity index. 

We also asked for the establishment of a regular working group, where biodiversity and nature conservation would be a key focus. 

So far, no meaningful action has been taken to tackle the ecological crisis.

In the meantime, Newcastle has lost its red squirrels. Wildlife corridors are being fenced off and paved over. Trees and hedgerows are being torn out. Green open spaces are turning into huge housing estates, bringing noise, light and air pollution closer to nature reserves and wildlife sites.

We are now asking members of the public to support our plea to save important species and habitats in Newcastle, before it’s too late.

We want to see a cabinet member responsible for biodiversity who will lead the formation of a working group to focus on protecting and enhancing biodiversity in Newcastle.

We want Newcastle City Council to refuse planning permission for all new development in wildlife corridors on Green Belt land and next to ecologically sensitive sites and nature reserves.

We have put together a template letter, below, which can be sent to the leader of Newcastle City Council (nick.forbes@newcastle.gov.uk)

Dear Cllr Forbes, 

I am calling on Newcastle City Council to declare a state of ecological emergency.

In so doing, we would like the Council to:

  • manage at least 30% of land for nature by 2030
  • develop a biodiversity index 
  • assign a cabinet member responsible for biodiversity
  • form a working group with a key focus on protecting and enhancing biodiversity
  • refuse planning permission for all new development in wildlife corridors, on Green Belt land and next to ecologically sensitive sites and nature reserves

Yours sincerely, 

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