The answer was a forgone conclusion to UK MP John Mann when he asked in Parliament which the public would prefer to save – their Members of Parliament or endangered mountain gorillas of the Virunga National Park. ‘‘Members have already raised the attempts by SOCO, a UK-based oil exploration company, to plunder the reserves in […]Read more
I work to ensure WWF’s voice is heard in Government, in Parliament and in Europe through contacting parliamentarians, Government ministers, political advisers and parliamentary groups.
My first visit to Parliament was to give evidence on the impact on the countryside of the Channel Tunnel and since then I have been in and out of Westminster, Whitehall and Brussels setting up meetings, talking with interested groups and meeting with politicians who would like WWF’s opinions on issues such as deforestation, water management, sustainable development and many other topics.
At heart I am a botanist and spent many weeks walking the rivers of Norfolk mapping the vegetation before taking on the management of nature reserves in Kent. Through my work in Kent, I came to realise the only way to ensure environmental concerns are threaded through policy is by speaking directly with politicians.