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The Environment Bill continued its journey through parliament this week, reaching report stage in the House of Lords - with several important amendments that the LI has been calling for. Among the key amendments the House of Lords has approved are: • To declare a climate and biodiversity emergency, domestically and globally. • To prioritise soil health and quality. • For air quality targets to follow World Health Organisation (WHO) guidelines, with a 2030 deadline. • To introduce plastic pollution and single-use product reduction targets. • To set environmental targets to halt the biodiversity decline. • To ensure the government has a duty to meet interim targets relating to environmental strategy. • To remove exceptions for armed forces, defence policy, tax, spending and resources to have due regard to the policy statement on environmental principles. • To ensure the Office of Environmental Protection (OEP) is as independent as possible. • To remove restrictions on the discretion of the court to grant a remedy where the court finds there to be a breach of environmental law. The government will now consider and respond to these important changes. Track the Bill's progress through parliament
The 2021 LI Awards opened for submissions on 29 April, welcoming everyone from the sector to submit their projects. We are delighted to share some recent updates. All Awards Open Categories and Professional Categories this year introduced a discount for sole traders and those in the public or third sector (such as voluntary groups, charities and NGOs). Green Flag Award has joined the LI Awards for the first time, sponsoring the Landscape and Parks Management Category, in line with their 25th anniversary. Entries will close on 8 July. The finalists will be announced in September and the winners at the Awards Ceremony in November (hosted by James Wong, British ethnobotanist and TV presenter), celebrating the brightest and the best from the sector. ENTRIES CLOSE ON 8 JULY 2021. SUBMIT NOW!