Greener UK – UK’s largest environmental NGOs take on Brexit
Greener UK was formed after the EU referendum by 13 of the country’s leading environmental groups, ranging from the National Trust to Greenpeace. Between them its members have over eight 8 million members across the country. Their aim is to get the greenest possible Brexit.
Seahorse has been hired to aid Greener UK through the testing legislative process and unprecedented political challenge of the EU Withdrawal Bill. To date, the Environment Secretary has pledged to adopt many of Greener UK’s asks and develop a new national environmental governance body whilst transposing the crucial EU environmental principles into domestic law. The work with Greener UK gives Seahorse unique insight into some of the world’s leading environmental organisations and the crucial Brexit negotiations taking place across Whitehall.
See more about Greener UK here: https://greeneruk.org/
People and Nature: Why biodiversity is vital for sustainable development.
The People and Nature campaign calls on the UK government to recognise and act on the importance of nature for sustainable development by: making all UK Aid nature-positive; stopping harmful investments that destroy nature; and negotiating an ambitious deal for people and nature at the UN Convention on Biological Diversity’s meeting in October 2020.
Seahorse coordinates the steering committee of the campaign, which consists of environmental and development NGOs and cross-party politicians, to drive the development of campaign messaging, including the campaign brochure. We also engage with world leading campaign champions, MP supporters and ministerial teams. The campaign launched in Parliament on 8th July 2019, with over 30 MPs supporting the campaign at that time.
Find out more here: https://www.peopleandnature.co.uk/
Marine Protected Areas in the UK’s Overseas Territories
The team at Seahorse worked alongside Members of Parliament and a number of the world’s leading marine experts to design and execute the Blue Belt campaign. This involved creating the messaging, collateral and a successful launch event calling on the UK Government to designate vast Marine Protected Areas around its Overseas Territories. Following strategic engagement with high level stakeholders in Whitehall and Downing Street, the Blue Belt was adopted as official government policy.
Since its launch, the Blue Belt initiative has enabled the UK and UK Overseas Territories to protect over half of British waters within Marine Protected Areas. The UK Government recently confirmed at the G7 that it will continue to implement and fund its existing Blue Belt commitments and will offer to extend the programme to other UK Overseas Territories to provide much-needed protection for marine species, seabirds, coral reefs and deep-sea habitats.