As Sir David Attenborough has shown us, we are facing a Nature crisis. We depend on Nature for the air we breathe, the water we drink, the food we eat and the medicines we take. And perhaps more importantly Nature supports our physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health. But nature is in trouble like never before, and the UK is one of the most nature depleted countries in the world. This Nature crisis is being caused by the climate crisis along with ever-growing consumption.
9th December is ‘nature day’ at COP 28, and governments will be discussing a range of topics including protecting biodiversity, financing nature projects, landscape restoration, and nature-based climate solutions. While we hope they will make progress on all these issues, we all have a part to play too.
Read more about COP 28 here: The COP 28 Climate Conference – Why Does It Matter?
WILL YOU GIVE THE NATURAL WORLD A GIFT THIS CHRISTMAS?
There are lots of things we can all do to make a difference, from small, practical actions to joining a conservation project or taking part in political campaigning. Will you commit to one of these actions, as a Christmas gift to the natural world?
Small individual actions
- Cut a hole in your garden fence to let hedgehogs through.
- Leave a patch of your lawn un-mown next summer.
- Make an insect hotel.
- Switch to using Ecosia as your internet browser.
- Plant some bee and butterfly friendly flowers.
- Create a birdfeeder – and use seeds, not bread to feed the ducks!
- Take a litter picker gloves and rubbish bag out on a walk.
- Start composting at home and reduce fertiliser use in your garden.
- Plant a tree.
- Go for a Christmas nature walk alone or with your family.
Local / practical actions (e.g. conservation volunteering, citizen science)
- Become a hedgehog champion.
- Join a Citizen Science project through Wytham Woods or the Wildlife Trusts
- Take part in the Big Garden Birdwatch or the Big Butterfly Count.
- Take part in Conservation Volunteering.
- Check out these family-friendly activities with BBOWT.
- Become a Greenpeace Climate Voter.
- Write to your MP with your concerns about protecting nature.
- Support the CEE bill
- Protest about sewage in our rivers by refusing to pay the sewage part of your water bill.
- Become an Earth Protector and support the campaign for an Ecocide law.
- Join Extinction Rebellion or another campaigning group.