Over the last decade, forests like the Amazon have suffered shocking levels of destruction. This has devastated Indigenous Peoples and local communities, killed wildlife and made the climate crisis worse. Forests are a vital part of our one shared home.
We know that some products sold in the UK are fuelling this destruction. But now we have a chance to change things.
Right now, new laws are going through the UK Parliament that could be a huge step forward in restoring nature and protecting forests – at home and around the world. If we get these laws right, we can make sure that all UK products are forest and nature friendly.
But these laws need to be much stronger than what’s been proposed so far. And you can help. Your local MP can make the difference. Enter your details to send an email to your MP, asking them to speak up in the parliamentary debate expected on 26 May, and urge the Government to raise their ambition.
Last year, nearly 60,000 of you responded to a consultation from the UK Government, calling on them to bring in new laws that would stop products linked to the destruction of nature being imported to the UK and sold on our shelves.
In response, the Government has set out what they intend to do about it in the Environment Bill. This is an important first step, but it isn’t enough. As they stand, the proposed new laws would make us reliant on local laws and law enforcement in producer countries – which we know may be weakened in the future. Some deforestation happening around the world may technically be legal in the country where it happens, but it doesn’t make it any less damaging for local people, wildlife, or our climate.
As the Environment Bill is debated in Parliament our politicians will have the chance to speak up for our forests and demand more ambitious action from our Government – including your local MP. We need politicians from every party to raise this issue in Parliament and help us put an end to our role in the continued destruction of nature for good.