RSPB England Communications Officer Beth Markey reflects on the findings of a new poll, and suggests things we can all do to help the environment ...
At a time when nature is under greater threat than ever before, a new poll by the National Lottery has found that a significant number of Britons feel they don’t have time to help the environment.
In the same survey, almost every single respondent (97%) agreed that preserving wildlife was of national importance. Half even said that they desire to do something about it. But a fifth admitted they didn’t have a clue how to assist struggling wildlife.
So, what does all this mean? Well, it’s clear that people have compassion for wildlife and the wider environment, which is great news. The burning question is ‘how do we, as a nation, translate that care into palpable action?’
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It’s easy when you know how
With England’s green spaces being lost at a significant rate, exposure to nature is decreasing, so it’s not too surprising that fewer people have their connection to the outdoor world. But with less than 12 years to reverse the devastating effects of climate change, the planet desperately needs all hands-on deck from its inhabitants. Here’s how you can help:
Do it for yourself: the links between the environment and increased mental and physical health are undisputed. Nature-rich landscapes offer a solitude that can ease symptoms of anxiety, stress, depression, ADHD and much more. Spend time in nature for your own benefit. In time, this might be the catalyst that encourages you to take action to save the natural world.
Get your kids involved: our latest State of Nature report emphasized the importance of exposing children to a wealth of flora and fauna as often as possible. Although many people develop a passion for nature in adulthood, studies show that people who experience nature at a young age will generally maintain an affection for it and are more likely to fight to protect it.
Make time: whether you spend an hour or a day helping nature, it doesn’t need to be massive time commitment. In fact, it can actually save you time. Habitats and important food sources, like insects, exist within untrimmed gardens and hedges so even by leaving your lawnmower in the shed, you’re making an important difference.
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Mix it up: still unsure on how you can help the planet? Here’s a list of the different ways you can get involved:
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