Environmental activist Mya-Rose Craig has called on the prime minister to set new legally binding natural targets as a “top priority”.

The ornithologist, 21, urged Rishi Sunak to meet with her to discuss reversing nature’s decline by 2030.

The UK is among one of the most naturally depleted nations globally, with only half (53 per cent) of its biodiversity remaining.

In a message to the Prime Minister, Ms Craig said: “I have seen first-hand the loss of nature around the world, and particularly here at home because make no mistake, our British countryside and our beloved species, habitats and ecosystems are in danger. danger.”

“I call on your government to reverse the decline of nature by 2030, rather than just halting the decline of species, which is what it currently intends to do.”

“I ask you to deliver the positive future for nature that you promised.”

Ms Craig said the Climate and Ecology Bill, reintroduced in the House of Commons earlier this month, provides a “golden opportunity” to help nature.

Thousands of citizens have called on the government to take action through a United for Nature petition.

Ms Craig said: “This must be a top priority because the fight against climate catastrophe cannot be won without our strongest ally – nature itself.

“We need new legally binding natural targets to ensure we restore the natural world that we all love and need.”

“Rishi Sunak, the country is watching and waiting. Thousands of citizens are asking you to take action.”

The Daily Express’ Green Britain Needs You campaign has called on everyone to do their bit for the planet.

Seventy million million birds have disappeared from UK skies in the last 50 years, while 97 per cent of wildflower meadows have disappeared since the 1930s.

Chef and broadcaster Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall said: “In our beloved British countryside, in our towns and cities, nature is rapidly degrading.”

“We need to send a clear signal to the government that nature restoration must happen⁠, and it must happen now. If we can stay united by nature, working for real change, all is not lost.”

To sign the United for Nature petition, visit: https://www.zerohour.uk/u4n

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