With parliamentary elections just around the corner less than one third of the parliamentary candidates have so far pledged to protect Cyprus’ nature.
Out of the 493 candidates, 139 supported the online campaign #WeNatureCy by BirdLife Cyprus, corresponding to 28 per cent.
The campaign called on the candidates to pledge to protect nature by adopting BirdLife Cyprus’ manifesto and also gave people the opportunity to unite their voices for its protection on social media.
“The new parliament needs politicians with vision who consider the protection of nature and the environment in general a top priority and who through protecting the environment impartially promote the long-term prosperity of our country and its people,” Clairie Papazoglou from BirdLife Cyprus said.
“The results suggest that the position of certain parties in matters related to the protection of nature is consistent with that of their candidates, as it becomes apparent through the number of pledges submitted, whereas in other cases, the candidates who have signed the manifesto seem to be the exception,” the NGO commented, adding that though few candidates signed, the general response was overwhelming, with the campaign video having received more than 600 shares and more than 30,000 views.
The candidates were asked to pledge their commitment to seven key points relating to the protection of nature if elected to the new parliament.
More specifically, the 139 candidates who signed the manifesto promised to promote training and learning about nature, the creation of jobs related to the protection of nature, to uphold the law, and defend the implementation of all laws that protect nature, especially concerning the killing of migratory birds, to promote measures for the management of all Natura 2000 sites and to protect the Akamas Peninsula against degradation. The candidates also pledged to promote the reduction of chemicals used in nature or in farming and to support the expansion of sustainable farming.
All 56 candidates from AKEL signed the pledge via a party statement, and all 56 from the Green Party. The names of the candidate who pledged their commitment to the protection of Cyprus can be found at www.wenaturecy.com/signatures.
BirdLife Cyprus supports all candidates who have adopted this manifesto and calls on voters to vote so that nature and its protection are also among the winners of the upcoming elections.
To sign the campaign visit www.wenaturecy.com