Lobby candidates to save green space

By Juno Baker
16th April 2022

The pandemic and lock-down proved that we need our shared green spaces and how much we value biodiversity. Last year a poll from YouGov revealed 94% of Londoners agree politicians should:

  • protect London’s green, blue and wild open spaces, and
  • ensure those spaces are of high quality, attract diverse users and feel safe for everyone.

But even so, Londoners are still having to campaign hard to save their local green spaces all over the capital.

A More Natural Capital

CPRE London is part coalition of 17 environmental groups lobbying for A More Natural Capital. We’ve published a report setting out how London’s elected leaders could:

  • reduce waste and cut pollution
  • mitigate climate change and increase resilience to its impacts
  • secure nature’s recovery
  • increase health and wellbeing for all Londoners.

We’ve sent A More Natural Capital to all political parties in London, so candidates should be aware of it and the proposals it sets out.

Download A More Natural Capital – an agenda for the London local elections

How you can help

With the election in less than three weeks, now is a good time to talk to your council and mayoral candidates about:

  • saving green spaces
  • helping nature to bounce back, and
  • protecting wildlife and increasing biodiversity.

You could ask them, for example, what they intend to do to restore rivers and wetlands. If there are proposals to build on parkland and green space near you, you might ask them where they stand?

Do they support local community farms and orchards? What would they do to ensure more people have access to safe, clean green space for recreation and leisure?

Why not ask your candidates:

  • whether they’ve read the report
  • what they think of the proposals, and
  • how they plan to protect our greenspace and promote biodiversity?

If you’re on social media, you can spread the word and talk about the report using the hashtag #AMoreNaturalCapital and the Twitter handle @AMoreNaturalCap.

How to reach your candidates

You can email and sometimes tweet candidates. Or you might talk to them when they turn up on your doorstep asking for your vote.

If you’re not sure who’s standing for election in your area, you can find out on the Who can I vote for? website.

Simply enter your postcode and you’ll see:

  • which elections are taking place in your borough – mayoral as well as council
  • all the candidates standing in your area
  • where to vote
  • how to register, if you’re not already on the electoral register, and
  • information about ‘hustings’ – public meetings where candidates will address voters and may take questions.

Just click on a candidate’s name to see their contact details, including email and Twitter handles.

You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram or find out how to get more involved with the work we’re doing at CPRE London.