TV and film star David Morrissey features in the new Environmentalists for Europe video which appeals to parents to vote remain in the EU referendum so that the British countryside and wildlife are protected for their children's future.
The video, due for distribution in Picture House Cinemas across the country, is filmed on the North Norfolk coast, one of the areas protected by the Birds and Habitats Directives that could be dismantled if we leave the EU.
You can view the video here.
David Morrissey said:
"I wanted to be involved in a project that speaks directly to how all parents feel about their children's childhood and their future. The debate about Remaining in Europe is about so much more than just the economy. It's about the kind of future we want our children to have. I am proud to be part of it."
Founded by Stanley Johnson, former Conservative MEP and father of Boris, and Labour Peer Baroness Young of Old Scone, the E4E campaign is highlighting the positive impact Europe has had on our air and water quality as well as the legal protections that now cover the countryside and wildlife that we love.
Bill Oddie, ornithologist, conservationist and television presenter and the patron of Environmentalists for Europe said:
"Our countryside and the wildlife that we love are protected by European laws that are more wide reaching and effective than anything UK governments have introduced on their own. None of those protections are guaranteed if we leave.
"Nature is far too precious to be put at risk by going it alone. There are many reasons to stay in the European Union. Ensuring that our children and their children are able to enjoy nature in all its wonder is an important reason to vote to Remain."
Baroness Young said:
"The overwhelming evidence shows that Europe has protected nature - from the Birds and Habitats directives through our cleaner rivers and beaches to stricter air quality standards.
"It is European directives which have cleaned up the sewage in Britain's bathing waters and stopped acid rain. Advanced EU laws to protect nature and our health have tackled air pollution."
"But the facts on their own are not enough. Our video is intended to speak to people's hope and ambitions for their children and their patriotic pride on the countryside and landscape we all love. I hope many more people who are weighing up the issues when making up their mind see this short film and choose to vote remain for nature."
You can find out more about Environmentalists for Europe at: www.environmentalistsforeurope.org
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