February, 2015

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Climate change

News and views from the RSPB on climate change and what you can do about it.
  • What will I miss?

    To round off the week, Mark Ward - editor-in-chief of Nature's Home magazine - shows the love for what he doesn't want to lose to climate change.

    What will I miss? I’ll miss the seasons and those magical moments in nature that tell me a new season has arrived.

    I’ll miss the first sighting of a sulphur-yellow brimstone butterfly flashing through my garden in March. I’ll miss baby blackbirds hopping on my lawn in May. I’ll miss swallows gathering on telephone wires in September before heading to Africa and I’ll miss the sight of a flock of pink-footed geese, fresh in from Iceland for winter, calling gently to one another as they fly south overhead.

    These natural events mark the passing of the weeks and the transition of the seasons for me – not a calendar. These are the things I look for and these are the things I want my children to look for – and experience the same thrill over. That’s why I’m showing the love this Valentine’s Day.

    I’ll miss knowing that the third week of March is when I can expect to find my first wheatear of the year flashing its white rump on the field next to my house. I’ll miss searching for my first large red damselfly of the year by my pond in April. I’ll miss the badgers bringing their cubs to my garden every June. I’ll miss that magical October morning when the sky is full of “chuckling” fieldfares fresh in from Scandinavia. I’ll miss those freezing January days when ice covers the gravel pits and I know that skulking bitterns will come out from their reedbed homes to find holes to fish in.

    Climate change is already affecting the behaviour, migration and emergence times of the wildlife I love. It is becoming harder to tell when summer ends and autumn starts, and knowing if we really will get a “proper” winter. I miss snow at Christmas, but I’ll miss the seasons more.

    What will you show the love for this Valentine’s Day?

  • What do Stephen Fry, David Harewood, and Deborah Meaden have in common?

    Shakespeare's Sonnet 18 is one of his most moving and poignant poems. The sonnet explores the themes of loss and change - the speaker tries to stave off the inevitable loss of the object of his affection, but there's an underlying uneasiness and sadness, a sense that written lines will only ever be a poor substitute for the real thing.

    Could there be a more fitting poem to get us thinking about climate change around Valentine's Day? This week I want to Show the love for wildlife and nature, the things I cherish most but that could be lost to climate change. I want to keep seeing them in the wild, in the flesh, rather than watch them be condemned to the pages of history books, much like Shakespeare feared would happen.

    Here is that wonderful Sonnet, brought to you by some of the UK's leading voices, including Stephen Fry, who are all showing their love for the climate. Oh and there's a funny bit at the end with Jarvis Cocker.

    If you want to get involved and Show the love for the climate this week, go here, or Give your love using this e-action.

    If you want to share with us what you love and want to see protected from climate change, post a comment at the bottom of this blog.

  • Showing the love with the RSPB

    RSPB has decided to Show the love for the climate this week. As part of The Climate Coalition's Valentine's campaign we're speaking out for all the things we want to see saved from climate change.

    My boss, Martin Harper, the RSPB's Conservation Director, told us yesterday why he's showing the love this week.

    Today, at our Lodge head office, staff came along and made their own origami green hearts and shared why they want to see strong action on climate change and what they want to show the love for.

    I was showing the love for orangutans that live in the Sabangau rainforest, Indonesia, where I recently spent a year living.

    Beth, the RSPB's Fundraising and Communications Director, wants to show the love for all the fish in the sea.

    Gail wants to show the love for owls.

    Richard wants to show the love for small island states.

    Fiona wants to show the love for places she remembers as a child

    These guys want to show the love for woodlands

    Mark wants to show the love for rainforests and orangutans swinging through them (this gets my approval!)

    Thank you to all these wonderful people for showing up and making their green hearts.

    But if origami isn't your cup of tea (although if I can make one of those green hearts, anyone can) then you can give your heart using this e-action.

    Tomorrow (Wednesday) look out for the star-studded film that's part of this week's activity - sign up here to be one of the first to see it.

    And please remember to save the date for 17 June when we'll tell the new Government and MPs that we want them to Show the love for the climate at the UK's largest ever climate lobby of Parliament. Email me for more information.

    And what do you want to show the love for this week? Post a comment here and let us know.