RSUA signed an open letter to the First Minister and deputy First Minister of the Northern Ireland Executive calling for environmental commitments to be built into NI’s coronavirus recovery plan.
Alongside more than 40 business, community and environmental organisations, RSUA is calling on the NI Executive to to lead our long-term recovery by putting a resilient economy, healthy communities, and a thriving natural environment at the heart of the recovery effort. In particular, the open letter has three specific asks:
- Creating a more resilient economy – by developing and delivering the “green new deal” commitment contained within the New Decade, New Approach agreement.
- Increasing space for nature and people – by enhancing access to, and improving provision of, high-quality green spaces which are essential pre- requisites for good health (physical and mental), wellbeing and prosperity.
- Strengthening nature’s protections – by delivering an independent Environmental Protection Agency and introducing legally binding targets for the restoration of nature and incentivising sustainable approaches to food production, farming and fishing.
The full letter and a list of other signatories can be read here.