NEWS RELEASE 21 April 2015
Ecology just as important as economy, says WAF founder
A Surrey-based wildlife charity is calling on candidates and parties in the general election to give much greater priority to the protection of the natural environment.
The Wildlife Aid Foundation (WAF) in Leatherhead is warning that the environment is currently being “sidelined” by politicians during the election campaign.
“It is about time we heard politicians talking about conserving wildlife and the countryside rather than continually arguing about budget cuts and taxation”, says WAF founder and chief executive Simon Cowell MBE.
“The nation’s ecology is just as important as its economy”, says Simon. “It is no use the Government getting the budget deficit down if the eco-system is collapsing around us! The environment needs to be moved up to the top of the list of political priorities. Urgently!”
Simon points to the scientific report published at the recent World Economic Forum in Davos which concluded that “life on Earth is now officially at risk” due to degraded land and water resources, the global population explosion and the increasing amount of chemicals getting into the atmosphere.
“The leaders of the main parties have seen the evidence and they know how dangerous the situation is, but they are too scared to be open and honest with the electorate”, adds Simon. “This is a big mistake. I believe that if the people are told the facts they will be able to form their own conclusions. But it is up to our political leaders to tell the truth.”
WAF calls for politicians to come up with a “holistic approach that takes care of the environment, people and planet. We can tackle the economic and social issues that we face if we first deal with the serious environmental problems.”
The Wildlife Aid Foundation is currently working with schools to promote its message of environmental sustainability, and, with the help of a team of professional educationalists, has created a WAF Education website with free online learning resources for school children.
“I fear that we may be fast approaching the point of no return”, says Simon. “The current generation of politicians have so messed up the planet that our last and only chance could be if the next generation takes the action needed to turn things around.
“If we can educate tomorrow’s leaders we might just have a chance of repairing the environmental damage that has been done in recent decades.”
If you would like to support the Wildlife Aid Foundation’s work, please visit the charity’s website, www.wildlifeaid.org.uk to join or donate.
Press contact: Simon Cowell on 01372 377332 or 07836 635269, or Andy Smith on 07737 271676.
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