Securing our own future

Nature isn’t a luxury: our environment underpins the economy.

Honey bees support many species, including us (photo by Margaret Holland)

Honey bees support many species, including us (photo by Margaret Holland)

All species and their habitats have inherent value, and The Wildlife Trusts will always work to protect them and inspire others to do the same.

However a thriving and functioning environment is also what helps us to survive.

With the country facing unprecedented economic uncertainty and pressures for energy generation, food production and housing, there is a risk that we overlook the very basis of our economy and our society: the natural environment upon which this all depends.

Llyn Brianne reservoir

Llyn Brianne reservoir

Climate change presents nature with a whole new challenge; and the wrong response to climate change might create still more problems.

There is scant legislative provision for the proactive restoration of ecosystem health or for stimulating the creation of new habitats on a significant scale. Yet we depend on many of these places and processes for survival- some we understand well (such as pollination) and many others of which we may even be unaware, until their function becomes impaired.

Therefore WTSWW will work towards safeguarding and restoring these natural processes. and raising awareness of the key role of the natural world in our own sustained health and well-being as well as for the benefit of wildlife.