David North, Head of People and Wildlife
Well not everyone would agree I’m sure, but to me conservation is just as much about policies as it’s about managing habitats. What is nature conservation really about? Surely it’s about the way we treat our environment and the relationship we have with the other species that we share this planet with.
|Hickling Broad, by Richard Osbourne|
Conservation viewed this way is far too important to sideline into the way we manage nature reserves. The relationship we have with the natural world, our living environment, will in the long run determine much of our quality of life, the success of our economy, our health and that of future generations, our future climate, and also of course the fate of the other living species that live alongside us. Heady stuff perhaps, but this view of conservation makes it perhaps the central question that society must grapple with. Conservation viewed this way is central to all of us, whether we live in cities, towns or the countryside.
The frightening thing is how little we hear conservation discussed in this way. How often do our business leaders or politicians really put maintaining and enhancing the ecosystem services which are the basis for our economies and societies on their management or cabinet agendas? The answer must surely be, not often enough.
So if we care about conservation, we are going to need our pens as well as our brush cutters, to start ensuring that policies get implemented that work and respect nature rather than exploit nature and take it for granted. This is where your pens come in. If you care about protecting nature then get writing; to parish councils, district councils, your MPs and MEPs. There are so many issues to campaign about. Issues that need our pens: from securing Marine Conservation Zones, preventing pesticides killing our bees, saving sites and saving species, both locally and globally.
On 13 March, MEPs will vote on proposals for the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) 2014-2020 including over 300 detailed amendments. All of these will be important for the future of our farmed landscape. Send a message NOW directly to your MEP on voting for a nature-friendly CAP.
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