JULY 7 2024 – 1. MAKING THE CASE FOR AN ECOLOGICAL EMERGENCY WEST OF IFIELD

Bewbush Brook – Kilnwood Vale – West of Ifield [which runs into Bewbush Water Gadens, Ifield Millpond, Ifield Brook, River Mole and finally the River Thames]

 

Bewbush Brook [in blue] at the Kilnwood Vale development [in large dark brown] flowing into Bewbush Water Gardens, Millpond and Ifield Brook (at the Maples development in small dark brown) – then joining the River Mole [in blue] by the Ifield Court Scheduled Monument Proposed West of Ifield development (in horizontal brown lines). Proposed Crawley Western Relief Road [CWRR] not shown above – but shown below:

Proposed Crawley Western Relief Road [CWRR] – in light red

“Calling for an Ecological Emergency is the only way to stop the West of Ifield development”

Richard W. Symonds – The Ifield Society

 

WHAT IS THE CRITERIA FOR AN ECOLOGICAL EMERGENCY ?

An ecological emergency is typically declared based on several criteria, which may include:

1. **Magnitude of Impact:** The severity and scale of the ecological damage or threat to ecosystems and biodiversity.

2. **Irreversibility:** The potential for the damage to cause long-term or irreversible harm to ecosystems, species, or habitats.

3. **Human Impact:** The degree to which human activities are contributing to or exacerbating the ecological crisis.

4. **Scientific Evidence:** The availability and clarity of scientific evidence demonstrating the ecological harm or threat.

5. **Global Significance:** Whether the ecological issue has regional, national, or global implications.

6. **Response Capability:** The capacity of authorities and organizations to mitigate the ecological crisis effectively.

Governments, environmental agencies, and international bodies may use these criteria to determine when to declare an ecological emergency and take urgent action to address it.

’AI’

 

“Community need is not driving the West of Ifield development – it is developer greed. A staggering disregard for its environmental impact has brought about a call for declaring an Ecological Emergency”

Richard W. Symonds – The Ifield Society

JULY 7 2024 – MAKING THE CASE FOR A LOCAL NATURE RESERVE WEST OF IFIELD