Post EU ref roundup – what’s next? – Charlie Hewitt
With everything that has been going on in politics recently and with so many sources of information, sometimes it is difficult to get a comprehensive and concise understanding of what is actually going on. This blog post will hopefully clarify recent events and how we, nature and conservation will be affected by the upcoming changes and most importantly, what we can do to help protect our natural resources, habitats and biodiversity.
Lingering in a forest against an increasingly darkening night, listening to the paranormal churring of nightjars, watching their angular silhouettes carve through the dusky sky. This is how I spent one evening in June, part of ’30 Days Wild’. An incredible experience and a life ‘tick’ for me, it was a wildlife spectacle I’d been longing to see. But that’s not all I discovered when making the most of those 30 days.
Vision for Nature : Health, Development and Infrastructure
I was recently in conversation with Judy Ling Wong, CBE. She spoke to me about how she sees our towns, cities and buildings as nature. Not just in the sense that there are pigeons and trees and parks even in urban areas, but also in the sense that the metal and concrete we use to build our homes and offices come from the Earth.
Earlier this week, I wrote about politics. A topic I’m not overly familiar with, but one that I am starting to get more interested thanks to A Focus On Nature. However when it comes to education and engagement, I am rather more familiar and it is a subject close to my heart.
One thing is certain in life, everything dies. Plants, animals, humans. We all die in the end, but in recent times with the acceleration of the human impact on the world, plants and animals are suffering faster than ever before on our planet. Of course often we read about Rhinos, and Tigers, victims of cruel acts of hunting in far away places, but in reality the loss of species, habitats and environments is right on our doorstep. Right here in the UK.
Landscape; it’s a big, bold daunting concept isn’t it? It implies a sense of vastness that makes it difficult to find a point of focus. It is a concept that the conservation sector struggled with in its early days, focusing instead on protecting single sites in an effort to save our species. It is therefore highly admirable that the Vision for Nature report has dedicated a whole section to this challenging subject. Perhaps it is not surprising, as A Focus On Nature has always shown itself to be a group of bold and bright young people, who are more than willing to tackle the big issues in conservation, and they come no bigger than landscape.
No matter how much we think about it day to day, food touches all of our lives. After all, we all eat! As well as being responsible for managing many of the landscapes we appreciate, the food and farming sector generates jobs, especially in rural communities where employment is sometimes more difficult to find. Many young people are concerned about the future of food and farming, shown through the activities of grass roots and youth organisations such as Common Soil and the county Young Farmers Clubs. There are also many young people, such as our own members, who are passionate about the future of the natural world.
I was privileged to spend five years working at the heart of the growing youth climate movement in the UK from 2008-2013. This movement in the UK was emerging into existence at the same time as the international youth climate movement was as well.