A series of images have been unveiled to help raise awareness on the impact of climate change on the UK’s green spaces and the wildlife that live there.
The Climate Coalition have chosen the winner of their “For the Love of…” competition. Kerry Abbiss from Bedfordshire won the heart of judge Simon King, world-renowned wildlife photographer, with her image of two harvest mice.
Kerry said that: “My passion for nature has been with me from a very young age. I am very fortunate to have always lived with nature and wildlife around me. I love nothing more than to go for a walk in the English countryside and take photographs of the beauty around me. It does worry me that if we do not do anything to stop climate change; the wildlife, flowers, bugs, bees and trees we are so fond of will not flourish any more. That generations to come may not be able to witness such beauty, that would be a very sad place to be.”
The aim of the competition is to show all the beautiful things in nature that could be affected by climate change and to gain support for the UK’s biggest ever climate lobby, ” Speak Up For The Love Of…”
Over 10,000 people will flood the streets of Westminster on June 17th to ask the newly-elected government to act on climate change. In December world leaders are meeting in Paris to reach a global agreement to cut greenhouse gas emissions and The Climate Coalition and Stop Climate Chaos Scotland hope to build momentum so that governments commit to reducing emissions. Stop Climate Chaos Scotland’s target is that emissions are reduced by 42% in 2020 and 80% by 2050.
The event gives everyone the opportunity to meet MPs and talk to them about their concerns for how wildlife and the natural world will be affected by climate change, as well as to ask them to protect what they love, from coastlines to woodland, so they have a strong mandate to take decisive action.
Andrew Motion, president of the Campaign to Protect Rural England, says: “Together, we can convince our leaders that this year’s climate change summit in Paris must deliver a serious international response. Only then do we have a chance of avoiding the catastrophic loss of the nature we love and live for.”
If you’d like to take part in the lobby, you can go here to find out more.
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