This year RSPB Scotland would love you to make some new year’s resolutions for nature. Whether you make a detailed list of goals every year, or you’re not usually one for resolutions, RSPB Scotland’s Allie McGregor shares some ideas to make your 2019 more planet and nature-friendly.
New year’s resolutions for nature
2018 was a brutal year for news about the state of nature. The UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report that was released at the beginning of October warned that we have just over a decade to avoid catastrophe, and the WWF Living Planet report found that, since 1970, humanity has wiped out 60% of animal populations. It often hasn’t felt like a great year for our nature, and it’s easy to feel a bit helpless.
There was positive news and a lot of positive action in 2018. Scottish Environment LINK has launched the campaign to Fight for Scotland’s Nature, thousands marched in the Walk for Wildlife, the plastic bag charge has reduced our usage, and many well-known endangered species were taken off the IUCN red list.
Launch of the Scottish Environment LINK campaign to Fight for Scotland's Nature
Many of us will already be taking action in various ways, maybe you joined in at a beach clean this year, or donated your time or money to nature charities. There’s plenty of little, or big, things we can do in our day-to-day lives that can help wildlife and our planet. This is by no means an exhaustive list but hopefully it will be enough to inspire a new year’s resolution or two!
(Disclaimer: While I encourage you to share these ideas with others, remember some people will have very valid reasons they may not be able to make certain changes, always trust others to make their own decisions on how they can help.)
Make your garden wildlife friendly
Make a commitment to nature this year without even having to leave your own garden!
Update your eating habits
Little changes to what we buy and eat can make a big difference:
Plastics and waste
Single-use plastics have been a hot topic this year, so much so that Collins Dictionary named “Single-use” the word of the year. Here are some ways you can minimise your waste:
Donate spare time or money
Have a very happy new year! From everyone at RSPB Scotland; we wish you all the best for 2019.
Admitting that the RSPB and other organisations who are desperate to halt the decline in biodiversity we are experiencing but are failing is a healthy first step.
Those of us who are are doing our best and will continue to do our best in 2019 trying to assist you have as hard a task as the RSPB in making a difference. I do feel powerless at times in face of the forces we face who do not seem to care as we do.
A very happy new year to all at the RSPB, their volunteers and campaigning members.
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