Labour promises two billion trees in ‘Plan for Nature’

Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn has set out plans to plant two billion trees by 2040 and establish 10 new national parks in England in a bid to “tackle the climate crisis and restore nature”.

Launching the party’s ‘Plan for Nature’ this morning in Southampton, Corbyn warned the election “is our last chance to tackle the climate and environment emergency”. 

Under the plan, a future Labour government would invest nearly £10bn over 10 years on nature restoration programmes, involving carbon sequestration and protecting vulnerable habitats and species.

“A net loss of biodiversity blunts the tools with which we can mitigate climate change, which is now a direct driver of biodiversity loss and increasingly exacerbating the impacts of other drivers,” warned Corbyn and shadow environment secretary Sue Hayman in a foreword to the plan.

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