“Between 1970 and 2013, 56% of UK species declined … of the nearly 8,000 species assessed using modern criteria, 15% are threatened with extinction … this suggests that we are among the most nature-depleted countries in the world.” – A Peoples Manifesto for Wildlife
Saturday 22nd September 2018 – a date we will remember. The date when for the first time in British history people came together to show their concern for our wildlife. The date of The People’s Walk for Wildlife – an independent march in central London organised by conservationist, TV presenter and photographer Chris Packham. Starting in Hyde Park, the walk passed through central London to Downing Street where Chris and some young Ministers delivered ‘A Peoples Manifesto for Wildlife’ to Environment Secretary Michael Gove.
“The manifesto has been written to be accessible to everyone with an interest in the health of our countryside and a respect for the species that live there” and it is available for all to download for free. I will certainly be reading it this weekend and encourage you to do the same – we must all become aware of the truth to realise what has actually been destroyed and with that shared knowledge, work together to make a positive difference! Whilst I couldn’t be at the walk itself, I did in fact follow the live tweets and videos of the momentous event and felt incredibly happy to see so many people there, particularly the enthusiastic young people; the next generation who will continue to work together to find solutions, make effective changes and maintain a world where wildlife flourishes for the future!
Thank you Chris for your continuous passion, dedication and hard work for wildlife!