UPDATE: THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED UNTIL SPRING 2023 – SEE HERE FOR FURTHER INFO
The People’s Walk for Wildlife is back!
Following on from a successful Walk for Wildlife in 2018 (here), Chris Packham is organising The People’s Walk for Wildlife 2, which will take place in London on Sunday 27th November 2022.
Here’s a video message from Chris, explaining why this event is taking place and some details about what will happen on the day:
In 2018, 10,000 wildlife supporters turned up and walked to Downing Street to send a clear message to our elected representatives that our natural environment deserved better care.
Four years on, the situation is worse than ever, so much so that even charities like the National Trust, not known for its activist stance, has come out fighting against what has been labelled the Government’s Attack on Nature (e.g. see here and here).
Now’s the time to send another message, by joining a peaceful, family-friendly walk, with speeches, music and entertainment at the end.
If you’re planning to attend this event, please can you register on the People’s Walk for Wildlife website HERE, as it’ll help the organisers, police etc to estimate numbers and manage their resources accordingly. You’ll also receive email updates from Chris’s team.
Stewards, infrastructure, acquiring licences to shut roads and public areas for the duration of the walk – all of this costs money to do safely. These walks can only go ahead with your support – if you feel able to, you can donate at www.crowdfunder.co.uk/p/walkforwildlife2
Hope to see many of you there.
4 thoughts on “People’s Walk for Wildlife #2: London, Sunday 27th November 2022”
I’m too old and infirm to take part but I support your action.
Whilst I totally support this event, it is perhaps a shame it is on a Sunday and won’t impact upon on MP’s trying to get into parliament, in order to remind them that they are elected to represent the people and not themselves!
Sadly in the next few years, I suspect we will see the current government focus on economic growth at the expense of nature.
From what I have read, I understand Minette Batters, the president of the NFU is already doing her best to reign back the governments proposals to promote environmental regeneration (ELMS) with calls that farmers should be allowed to focus on food production rather than the environment.
The NFU are a very powerful lobby, and I understand others such as Ian Botham and Jeremy Clarkson have jumped on this circus show and have already written to government asking them to scrap ELMs. (Guardian 26th Sept)
When I wrote to my MP about this matter, his reply was that he was of a mind that farmers should be allowed to do what they want on their farms!
All the scientific research has shown what devastation industrial agriculture has had on nature, and most enlightened people can see that continuing with the industrial farm practices which have dominated agricultural for the last 50 years are no longer acceptable.
Whilst it is important that farmers can produce food in a profitable way, this has to be done in a way which supports nature and environmental regeneration.
If we want farmers to produce high welfare, environmentally friendly food then it doesn’t help that we have a government prepared to sign foreign trade deals which could potentially flood the country with cheap environmentally unfriendly, low animal welfare food imports, that could be more appealing to shoppers focused on price.
The real cost could be felt be nature and a failure to incentivise foreign food producers to really take steps to tackle global warming/climate extinction if they want to access UK food markets.
Whilst I am not an ecologists I do understand that Raptors are at the top of the food chain, and a loss of habitat and nature lower down this food chain could have just as much an impact on their recovery as the appalling persecution which takes place.
So it is pleasing to see Chris Packham promoting this walk for nature, and something we should perhaps all support- even if its only writing to our MP’s about the event, to remind them of the importance of nature, and that protection of the natural environment across the world needs to be enshrined in all government policies.
Argh, the Wild Justice email newsletter says, “Walk Details:
Date: Saturday 26 November, 12pm – 4pm, London. ”
That’s why I’ve already paid for a hotel for Friday night and rearranged my Saturday commitments.
It still says Saturday on some websites, e.g. https://orfc.org.uk/peoples-walk-for-wildlife-2/
Please could you clarify if it is Saturday or Sunday?
You need to update this urgently as the event has been postponed till spring next year. We don’t want people turning up unaware.