There is enormous potential in the Government’s plans for a new bill to protect and enhance the UK environment. But as Nick Schoon explains, the proposals are ambiguous and have some severe shortcomings
Writer and researcher
I've carried out a variety of research and writing projects for Bioregional clients including B&Q, WWF UK, the UK government’s Department for Energy and Climate Change and Transport for London, as well as advocating policies and making recommendations which draw on Bioregional's practical work.
I was the environment correspondent of The Independent newspaper for eight years, where I won two awards, and I edited the ENDS Report, a UK-based journal and website for environmental professionals, for half a decade. I was a policy analyst for the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution for a couple of years and served as communications director of the Campaign to Protect Rural England for more than five years.
I have a zoology degree from Oxford University and began my career as a reporter on local newspapers in Reading and Bristol with a spell on BBC Radio Bristol.
I've had two books published, on biodiversity in the UK and urban regeneration, and I'm a solar smallholder with a 2.5kW photovoltaic array on my seaside home. I love being on and in the sea, travelling, cycling, golf, tennis, studying for an Open University science degree and mauling the piano. My wife and I have cycled to Bologna, Italy from London and walked more than half of the South West Coast Path.