ATM IN HIS OWN WORDS

Bird Watching (UK) - - Interview -

Ul­ti­mately we can, and must, wel­come birds and eco­log­i­cal abun­dance back to our coun­try. Birds are of­ten the most no­tice­able crea­tures to dis­ap­pear, their loss the warn­ing sign that some­thing is fun­da­men­tally wrong in the way we treat our en­vi­ron­ment. They are the ca­nary in the mine. We as hu­man be­ings are very much a part of the whole web of na­ture, de­pen­dent on a healthy en­vi­ron­ment like ev­ery other liv­ing crea­ture. It is so easy to for­get this in our mod­ern in­dus­tri­alised world where we are in­su­lated by com­fort and tech­nol­ogy. We must learn a greater love and re­spect for other liv­ing things if we are to avert global dis­as­ter. My hope is that to­gether we re­ally can bring about fun­da­men­tal change in mod­ern farming prac­tices, city plan­ning and lo­cal coun­cil ap­proaches to pub­lic land. It’s a mat­ter of cul­ture. We need to see un­tidi­ness and un­ruli­ness as a virtue that makes life pos­si­ble for myr­iad crea­tures, in­stead of some­thing that must be cur­tailed. I want to see towns and cities rich in wild­flow­ers, a coun­try­side with dense hedges, ponds, vast reed beds, new forests, wood­land and lit­tle copses.

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