A More Natural Capital

6th April 2022

in the run up to the local elections on 5 May, a powerful coalition of 17 environmental groups called on voters to press all candidates to commit, if elected, to taking action to improve and protect London’s natural environment for people and wildlife.

In A More Natural Capital – an agenda for the London local elections launched on Wednesday 6 April, the groups have come together to present a shared vision for London that places the environment at the heart of policy and decision-making. 

The agenda identifies 28 actions the More Natural Capital coalition want to see borough councils take under four themes:

  • reducing pollution and waste
  • securing nature’s recovery
  • mitigating and increasing resilience to climate change, and
  • improving health and wellbeing for all.

As we emerge from the pandemic it’s clearer than ever that the beauty and quality of London’s green and blue spaces are critical to the future health and success of the capital, and thereby the country as a whole. The agenda enjoys widespread public support with:

  • more than three quarters of Londoners’ wanting action on air pollution to be a priority
  • eight out of ten Londoners concerned about climate change
  • almost two thirds of Londoners wanting higher priority to be given to protecting and enhancing green space following he pandemic.

Neil Sinden, convenor of the coalition and Director of CPRE London, says:

‘From the threat posed to the city by climate change, to the depletion of our natural world, and the growing inequalities in health and wellbeing revealed by the pandemic, Londoners need local leaders who are up to the challenge of delivering a better future for people and nature.  We therefore urge voters to press all local candidates to pledge their support to a More Natural Capital and to commit to taking action to deliver it.’

Download the report: A More Natural Capital report

Download the press release: AMNC local elections 2022 press release – 6 April