Help save the planet

Middleton Guardian - - WILDLIFE -

HAVE you seen those movies that tell you that the end of the world is com­ing and that we are all go­ing to die?

Well I was at a con­fer­ence re­cently where we were told that a meet­ing in China in 2020 could be the most im­por­tant meet­ing ever for hu­man­ity.

It con­cerns bio­di­ver­sity, which is the wide num­ber of species we have on earth, and if we don’t start to get our house in or­der be­fore then it will be too late.

The new WWF (World­wide Fund for Na­ture) states: “We are the first gen­er­a­tion that knows we are de­stroy­ing the world and we could be the last to do any­thing about it.”

Ev­ery­body OK? Do you want some good news? Here it is, there is some­thing we can do about it. Yes, each and ev­ery one of us can help to save the planet.

Many of us al­ready re­cy­cle most of our rub­bish but we can do more. Many of us feed the birds in our gar­dens but we can make our gar­dens even more en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly and even vol­un­teer to work in parks and na­ture re­serves.

We keep hear­ing about the threats of ex­tinc­tions of crea­tures near and far away. Our bees are in trou­ble, hedge­hog num­bers have fallen rapidly in 50 years and even the spar­rows and star­lings we wel­come into our gar­dens are strug­gling.

But, re­mark­ably some of our an­i­mals are in­creas­ing, red kites are fly­ing over­head look­ing to nest here af­ter hun­dreds of years away. Tiny long-tailed tits have in­creased in num­bers so we can see flocks of these beau­ti­ful birds.

And the Wildlife Trust is close to help­ing a long-ex­tinct but­ter­fly back to Manch­ester.

For our wildlife to sur­vive, for its chances to im­prove, there must be pro­tec­tion. We al­ready have a frame­work in the Euro­pean Union which of­fers laws to look af­ter our crea­tures.

And for Brexit to re­ally work we want to keep those safe­guards and add to them, to give stronger pro­tec­tion to wildlife and the en­vi­ron­ment.

The gov­ern­ment has promised an En­vi­ron­ment Act to pro­tect your wildlife and, let’s not for­get, your health and well-be­ing, but we must en­sure that this act has teeth.

We want ev­ery­one who is con­cerned with na­ture to meet up, face-to-face with their lo­cal MP. We want con­stituents to ask their MPs to en­sure that the En­vi­ron­ment Act is not just a piece of pa­per.

We want you to de­mand that your elected rep­re­sen­ta­tive makes a stand for wildlife.

We can sup­ply the ques­tions. We can sup­ply a poster so that you can ask your MP to take a selfie show­ing their sup­port for the en­vi­ron­ment. Just go to our web­site to find them – www.lanc­swt.org.uk.

The point is if we don’t all make a com­mit­ment lo­cally then how can we com­plain when things be­gin to dis­ap­pear, be­fore our grand­chil­dren get a chance to en­joy them?

To sup­port the work of the Wildlife Trust for Lan­cashire, Manch­ester and North Mersey­side. Text WILD09 with the amount you want to donate to 70070.

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