Jim Densham, Senior Land Use Policy Officer with RSPB Scotland, is back with another blog on the For The Love Of...campaign that we are part of.

Showing the Love to Nicola Sturgeon

It was Valentine’s last Saturday. How did you show the love? I bought flowers for my wife but I also sent a Valentine’s message to Nicola Sturgeon the First Minister! Its no secret. I even spent Valentine’s day asking others to send her a message too. 

I was at RSPB Scotland's Baron’s Haugh reserve on Saturday to talk to people about climate change, to explain that much of the nature that we all love is being affected by it, and that we all need to do something fast.

In Scotland, the person who can do most about climate change is the First Minister, who can commit to action in Scotland so that we keep to our domestic GHG reduction targets but also champion our example to other countries. She has the power to make a real difference and show leadership to a watching world this year. 

That’s why I was asking visitors to Baron’s Haugh what they love, and what they would ask Nicola Sturgeon to protect. Everyone I asked could think of something they love and either wrote a postcard or took one away. 

You can also tell the FM via the online link http://www.stopclimatechaos.org/fm-action  - its easy.

At Baron’s Haugh we also had fun with a ‘For The Love Of Trees – tree identification walk’, a Love Wall of hearts drawn on by children and adults, Show the Love stickers, and the campaign postcards to sign. 

Seven other RSPB Scotland reserves or teams also took part around Scotland, along with numerous other events organised by other members of the Stop Climate Chaos Scotland Coalition. Each one had a different theme, For The Love Of... nesting birds, wetlands, Islay depending on what nature they show. 

For the love of...nesting birds; shag on nest, Andy Hay

That’s the disaster of climate change, that so many elements of our world will be affected; but also the beauty of the campaign, that we can use the many different things that we love to highlight why we need action now.

There’s still time to get involved and show the love. www.fortheloveof.org.uk