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Crawley MP welcomes Prime Minister’s ‘ambitious’ environmental commitments at G7 summit

Crawley’s Henry Smith MP has said he welcomed Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s ambitious environmental commitments at the recent G7 summit in France.

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The Prime Minister pledged £10 million to protect and restore the Amazon rainforest which is currently suffering from record numbers of forest fires. He also backed the Crawley MP’s calls for new targets to tackle biodiversity loss and increase marine protections.

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The £10 million will be invested through the UK Department for International Development’s Partnerships for Forests programme to support local communities to help protect the Amazon. The Government also pledged to double their commitment to the international Green Climate Fund over the next four years to £1.44 billion, which invests in projects tackling climate change and biodiversity loss.

Henry said;

“The Amazon rainforest produces more than 20 per cent of the world’s oxygen and is home to at least 10 per cent of the known species in the world.

“The damage being done by the forest fires is irreparable, destroying homes and habitats, and releasing smoke, CO2, and toxic levels of carbon monoxide into the atmosphere and surrounding communities.

“So it’s absolutely right that the international community steps up to help and I’m proud that the UK has pledged £10 million to support local efforts to fight these devastating fires.”

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The Prime Minister, Rt Hon Boris Johnson MP, commented;

“The fires ravaging the Amazon rainforest are not only heartbreaking, they are an international crisis.

“We stand ready to provide whatever help we can to bring them under control and help protect one of Earth’s greatest wonders.”

The Prime Minister also backed Henry’s calls for 30 per cent of the world’s oceans to be protected by 2030, and expand the Blue Belt Programme, which is a series of marine protected areas spanning across the UK’s Overseas Territories.

MPs from the Conservative Environment Network Parliamentary Caucus called for additional marine protections in the CEN Manifesto, and met with the previous Environment Secretary, Michael Gove, to discuss funding to extend the Blue Belt marine conservation programme.

Henry added;

“Less than 10 per cent of the world’s oceans are protected, but we know how vital they are for all life on our blue planet. That’s why it’s so important that we increase our ambition and aim for at least 30 per cent of the world’s oceans to be protected by 2030, and I’m delighted that the Prime Minister has called on other countries around the world to support this campaign as well.

“It’s also great news that the Government is investing an additional £7 million to expand the Blue Belt programme in the UK’s Overseas Territories. The territories are home to over 500 threatened species and at least a quarter of the world’s penguins; they need to be protected.”

The Prime Minister has also called for strong international targets to reverse biodiversity loss at the upcoming international summit on the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP15).

Henry said;

“We can’t allow our children to grow up in a world without iconic species like giraffes, elephants and tigers. Yet these species are in quick decline, and we must do more to protect them. I will continue to campaign for greater action to conserve these important species, and look forward to seeing the outcome of the upcoming international biodiversity summit in China.”

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Fancy being a Governor for the local NHS?

Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust (SCFT) is looking to recruit local people to join its Council of Governors.

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Governors play an important role in the work of the Trust and can make a real difference.

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In the Adur district (including Lancing, Shoreham-By-Sea and Southwick) there is one Governor seat up for election.

In the Crawley district there is one Governor seat up for election.

Peter Horn, Chair of SCFT, said:

“Our governors play a vital role in shaping the future of community services across Sussex, they help us to understand the needs of the local population and give voice to the communities that we serve.

“They come from all walks of life, with a wide variety of skills and experience. So if you are passionate about the NHS and want to help plot its course over the coming years, then you could be just the sort of person we are looking for.

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The Trust provides a range of community services in people own homes, in clinics, GP surgeries and hospitals across Sussex.

If you are passionate about the health and wellbeing of people and would like to help shape the future direction of the Trust, please visit the website for full details: http://bit.ly/scftelection20 or call 01273 696011 ext. 1520.

Applications close 5pm on Monday 20 January.

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