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Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust: Campaigners to unite for what could be biggest ever march for nature





Wildlife and climate campaigners will unite for what could be the biggest ever march for nature next month, writes Erin McDaid, Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust.

On Saturday, June 22, members of the public are being encouraged to unite for nature by joining the family friendly ‘Restore Nature Now’ demonstration in central London.

The event is backed by a wide range of nature, wildlife and climate groups, including The Wildlife Trusts and high-profile campaigners such as Chris Packham.

Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust team at the COP26 Climate March. Photo: Hattie Lavender.
Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust team at the COP26 Climate March. Photo: Hattie Lavender.

The organisers hope the demonstration will be the largest-ever gathering of nature and climate supporters here in the UK.

The demonstration will draw together thousands of people from all across the UK to call on all political parties to take urgent action to restore nature and tackle climate change.

With the UK on record as one of the worst nations for nature loss, environment campaigners are encouraging everyone who cares for nature to come together and march through London before gathering to send a clear message in Parliament Square. The simple demand will be Restore Nature Now.

The Big One March in 2023. Photo: Elisha Crane.
The Big One March in 2023. Photo: Elisha Crane.

This legal organised event is being billed as both a celebration of UK nature and a much-needed protest for urgent political action to tackle the nature and climate emergencies.

The march will be peaceful and inclusive and is supported by a diverse collection of wildlife and environment groups and organisations including; the RSPB, The Wildlife Trusts, The Climate Coalition, WWF-UK, National Trust, WWT, Woodland Trust, Wildlife and Countryside Link, Rewilding Britain, Extinction Rebellion, and of course, Chris Packham.

Together we are signalling that the upcoming General Election must be a turning point for nature before it is too late.

Marchers make their voice heard. Photo: Hattie Lavender
Marchers make their voice heard. Photo: Hattie Lavender

Craig Bennett, chief executive of The Wildlife Trusts, said: “Political focus on nature and climate in this country needs a huge upgrade.

“People understand the seriousness of the nature crisis and demand that elected officials do the same.

“Nature charities are backed by millions of supporters and this event will see many of these as well as our volunteers and anyone who cares about nature taking a collective stand.

“We can lose the embarrassing badge as one of the most nature-depleted countries on earth, but we have got to go further and work faster together. Inaction is simply not an option.”

With 1 to 6 species at risk of extinction in the UK, species such as the hazel dormouse face an uncertain future. Credit: Lorna Griffiths.
With 1 to 6 species at risk of extinction in the UK, species such as the hazel dormouse face an uncertain future. Credit: Lorna Griffiths.

Chris Packham, TV Broadcaster and wildlife campaigner, said: "As conservationists and environmental groups we have to accept that the dire state of nature — both in the UK and globally — has happened on our watch.

“So now's the time for bolder action, stronger demands, braver tactics and a new way of working… together.

“Ticking a box, signing a petition, sharing a post. It’s simply not enough when we are facing the collapse of our living systems.

“It’s time for all of us to take to the streets, shoulder to shoulder, whoever we are and demand our leaders Restore Nature Now."

The UK is shockingly ranked as one of the worst countries in the world in terms of nature loss.

Barn owl – despite being a nation of nature lovers, the UK is one of the most nature depleted countries on the planet. Photo: Margaret Holland.
Barn owl – despite being a nation of nature lovers, the UK is one of the most nature depleted countries on the planet. Photo: Margaret Holland.

A staggering one in six wildlife species are at risk of extinction in Great Britain. A range of government policies have also been rated as inadequate to deal with the scale of the nature and climate crisis.

We are a nation of nature-lovers and polls regularly highlight high levels of concern over inadequate UK climate and nature action.

Results from two nationwide-surveys conducted by The Wildlife Trusts showed that irrespective of voting choice, nature matters to people across the electorate. 93% of voters reported that they feel nature loss is a serious threat to humanity.

Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust
Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust

Next month’s Restore Nature Now event will be a joint vocal show of support for action from across the nature and climate sectors.

Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust will be there with others, uniting to let all political parties know that action must be taken to restore nature now.

Supporters can find out more about the Restore Nature Now demonstration and the groups backing it at www.restorenaturenow.com

More details about the Restore Nature Now demonstration will be released in the coming weeks.



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