How to restore the state of our nature is another one of those things like climate change that are
often put in that “too hard to tackle” box. The UK has “led the world” in destroying nature according
to the Natural History Museum. We used to have rain forests in the UK. They may not have been
tropical in recent history, but their biodiversity was just as important as that of the Amazon. Sadly,
years of agriculture, road building and industrial development have left our environment in a
perilous state. The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds says that we have lost 40 million birds
in the UK since the 1930s. Chris Packham describes the UK as being amongst the most nature
depleted countries in the world.
So, what can we do about it? This week sees an important meeting of finance ministers from the
richest 7 nations in the world (the “G7”). On their agenda is biodiversity loss and climate change.
Our government has committed to reverse this decline and to put climate, biodiversity and the
environment at the heart of worldwide COVID-19 recovery. We urge the Government to take this
seriously and not to take the opportunity to make meaningless rhetoric that is not backed by firm
proposals and targets.
We urge our local councils to take a lead in increasing biodiversity by halting the cutting down and removal of street trees, by reducing grass cutting during the flowering season – bees and other insect numbers have catastrophically plummeted following the recent cold wet spell and they need all the help they can – and to put nature at the heart of all local decision-making. Without nature, we cannot survive as we depend on it for our food, raw materials and the
air we breathe.
We know you care.
South Lincolnshire Green Party is getting an ever-increasing number of requests from local residents, asking whether we can help to stop trees being cut down, stop wildflower verges being mowed, protect bird roosts. We always take action, but we do not always get the result you want.
In a moment of contemplation a couple of our members sat outside and listened to the birdsong and penned a couple of poems. Can we encourage you to do the same and post them to South Lincolnshire Green Party Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.
You’ll feel better for it!
Nature on a Plate
Beetles and bees in your garden,
Foxes and deer in the cemetery,
Sparrowhawks hunt in our woodland,
A world of wonders for us to see.
Breakfast on the decking
Bees buzzing in the cornflower
Birds chirrup in the rose bower
Morning coffee breaks my slumbers
As I slowly awaken in my garden’s abundance
South Lincolnshire Green Party