Birmingham Natural Environment Pledge

Wednesday 14th December 2016

Photo credit to Birmingham Open Spaces Forum

The natural world sustains us, and all economic activity depends on the natural environment. At present, this contribution is neither recognised nor valued by our economic structures leading to short sighted, compartmentalised thinking.

We all benefit from these green spaces: individuals, businesses, public health, Local Enterprise Partnerships and the West Midlands Combined Authority. At present, funding is expected from Birmingham City Council's Parks and Nature Conservation budget to protect and manage these spaces. 2016 - 17 budget cuts will make good quality management almost impossible.

Looking to the future investment must come from all sectors not reside with the city council Parks and Nature Conservation budget: everyone who lives here, works here, cares about or runs a business here benefits from a healthy natural environment and must be prepared to support and invest in our green spaces.

Organisations across the city (listed below) are calling on everyone to pledge to protect the environment, in every way you can.

Whoever you are, you can take the pledge if you want to make sure Birmingham's parks and green spaces are protected for future generations.

Are you:

  • an individual?
  • a business?
  • an organisation?
  • a politician?

You benefit from a healthy natural environment and you can do something to protect and improve it. Take the pledge here.

 

Will you commit to protect Birmingham's fabulous parks and green spaces?

Please fill in this online form to make your Birmingham Natural Environment Pledge.

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The Pledge


The natural world is essential to achieving the priorities of the 2020 Vision for Birmingham of a strong economy with thriving local communities, a healthy, happy population, a great future for young people and where safety and opportunity for all children is delivered by a modern council.

The natural world contributes:
• to improved health and wellbeing of everyone living and working here
• increased productivity for businesses
• flood alleviation and risk management for residents and businesses
• cleaner air and carbon absorption
• a place that people want to live and establish businesses
• a thriving tourist industry


For the wellbeing of everyone who lives and works here, for future generations, and for Birmingham to be a leading city achieving the aims of the 2020 Vision;


I recognise it is everyone's responsibility to protect the green spaces of our city and I will do everything in my power to:

  • support the development of a 25 year plan for the environment recognising the importance of all green spaces in the city and across the West Midlands Combined Authority

  • to help to fund and secure investment to protect, manage and enhance the green spaces and corridors of the city wherever I can

  • actively manage the land within my control to enhance benefits to the natural environment.

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Sign the pledge here.

If you would like to take further action please submit a response to Birmingham City Council's budget which will cut funding to parks and spaces drastically including the loss of park keepers and many rangers services. Birmingham Open Spaces Forum website has lots of useful information to help you write your response here.

Organisations involved in the Greener Birmingham pledge for the natural environment include:

                                            

 

                                

             

                  

       

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This has been put together in response to the proposed cuts to the Parks and Nature Conservation budget in Birmingham. We intend to roll this pledge out to the Black Country in the new year.

 

 

 

 

 

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