Opinion: "Let nature sing"
PUBLISHED: 08:50 28 August 2019 | UPDATED: 08:50 28 August 2019
On May 1, parliament voted to recognise a climate emergency rightly recognising it as the world's most pressing political concern. All governments must understand and act on this desperate issue, but sadly too few world leaders see it that way
From my postbag, I know many of you share my love of wildlife.
I regularly have conversations about the birds in my garden.
Today, I have fed four gold finches, six collared doves, a whole squadron of energetic sparrows (at least 20!), larger numbers of starlings, a few great and blue tits, two robins and a couple of woodpigeons. I haven't seen my greater spotted woodpecker for a while, which is worrying. I might need advice on the food I provide. We also get the occasional magpie, though Cara the dog appears to object to it, for some reason.
Summer fills my garden with many baby birds and lots of noise.
It's lovely. During the fledging season for me, as the birds feed their young, I fill up my feeders many times during a day. I am then rewarded as my garden becomes a riot of birdsong.
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Despite our love of birds, 85per cent of us are unaware they are in crisis. We lost 40 million birds from our skies in the last 50 years alone. It's heart-breaking.
The RSPB released a single, featuring the songs of several bird species found in the UK, celebrating their song and raising awareness of their plight.
It got to number 18 in the charts and is called "Let Nature Sing." I heartily recommend it.
I find it easy to appreciate birds, but the threat to birdlife is just one symptom of a wider climate breakdown, which endangers one-in-ten of all our national wildlife. That's why the RSPB campaign is so important.
Animals are in the forefront of the climate crisis: innocent victims of human behaviour and just as entitled to a healthy planet as we are.
To reverse climate change will be a huge political struggle.
Let's start by helping the plants and animals that live among our communities and in our own backyards.