Monthly Archives: June 2013

Mexican wave

I’ve been watching Wimbledon this week. Mexican waves travel around the centre court when the crowd gets fired up. But sometimes they die halfway around. If you’ve ever felt annoyed about something, or believed in a cause, or heard someone else ask how they can make a difference, think of a Mexican wave. No single person makes it happen, but if everyone sat back, accepted the status quo, and did nothing, it wouldn’t happen. One person truly can make a […]

After the State, we need a Vision

“there can be no real work for non-violent active change without tremendous creativity”, Vincent Harding, civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr, contemporary and colleague of Vincent Harding, had a dream, not a nightmare. He inspired people to take courageous and revolutionary action with a vision for the future. In my opinion, the nature conservation sector relies too heavily on two things: a pessimistic focus on the current decline in species and habitats and an overemphasis on statistics and facts […]

State of Nature Question Time

Watch the webcast here: http://www.nextstep4nature.public-i.tv/core/portal/webcast_interactive/107169 A thought-provoking panel discussion featuring Martin Harper, Conservation Director of RSPB, Simon King, Clare Embling, marine biologist, Rebecca Hosking, farmer, Gary Mantle, Director of Wiltshire Wildlife Trust, and chaired by Stephen Moss. The debate comes in the wake of the recent State of Nature report and covers such issues as the role of young people, climate change, population growth, marine conservation zones, food production and the badger cull.

Nature’s new home

This week saw the launch of what the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds intends to be its biggest ever campaign – Giving Nature a Home. The following is a summary of the campaign and a few thoughts on its exciting elements, and on directions it could develop in. 1. A response to crisis. The campaign comes just weeks after the launch of the State of Nature report, showing that 60% of species surveyed in the UK have declined […]