Vote for a Wild Mayor!
Bristol is a fantastic place to live and work, but it could be even better
In this, nature and the natural world have a real role improving people’s well-being and health and achieving sustainable economic development.
The campaign focuses on five issues for wildlife and people that we know that Bristol’s elected Mayor could significantly influence. Each issue has an associated pledge for the candidates to support:
Nature rich green space for all
As a candidate, will you sign our pledge? If elected Mayor I would protect and enhance existing green spaces and create others to provide a natural network that both protects wildlife and helps make Bristol a better healthy place to live, work and do business.
A city rich in wildlife
As a candidate, will you sign our pledge? If elected Mayor I would commit to doing everything possible to enhance urban wildlife. I would create wildlife friendly neighbourhoods, I would commit to no net loss in biodiversity within the city and work hard to increase the populations of vulnerable species. I would be proactive in ensuring Bristol’s tree cover is increased to 30 percent. I would do this knowing the innumerable benefits this brings to the people of Bristol.
Reconnecting children with nature
As a candidate, will you sign our pledge? If elected Mayor, I would use my leadership role to ensure all children in Bristol spend more time learning about and experiencing the natural world to improve their well-being and to help them understand their connection with, and responsibility towards, nature.
A Green capital that has nature at its heart
As a candidate, will you sign our pledge? If elected Mayor, I would lead the process of Bristol becoming recognised as European Green Capital by adding a distinctive nature theme at its heart.
Severn tidal power in harmony with the natural environment
As a candidate, will you sign our pledge? If elected Mayor, I would use my leadership role to encourage the use of technologies that harness the energy of the Severn without damaging their internationally important wildlife sites.
Within a week of launching the campaign, five of the candidates had given us their full support:
Cllr Jon Rogers (Liberal Democrats), Marvin Rees (Labour), George Ferguson (Independent), Cllr Geoff Gollop (Conservative), and Daniella Radice (Green Party).
But of course it doesn’t stop there. What we’d now like is for our supporters to get involved …
What are your three wishes for Bristol’s wildlife?
Would you like to see more trees? Would you like to see green space better protected? Would you like a real commitment from the Bristol mayor to protecting declining species such as house sparrows and swifts? Would you like to see tidal power generated from the Severn, but with the estuary’s wildlife protected?
These are just some of the many things you might consider in sending three wildlife wishes to the candidates via the Bristol Manifesto website, there’s a link at the bottom of the page.
Remember, the more people that show your support for wildlife, the more likely it is that the future Bristol Mayor will know that wildlife really matters to people.