“The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking.”
The EU referendum is set to take place on 23rd June. It is a chance to have a say in whether we stay in Europe or not. This decision will have an impact on my generation for years and years to come and yet I can’t have a say in it. I will not even pretend to understand all the politics involved with this, but what I do know is that nature has no borders or boundaries (apart from man-made ones). We are not either in or out of nature. We are part of it, we need it, and it has never been more urgent that nature is put at the heart of decision making.
I gave a talk at Westminster last year asking our MPs to put the natural world at the heart of their decision making and not to leave it last in the queue. Sadly though, with everything else going on in the country, the natural world yet again seems to be the easiest subject to push to one side. I made a short video to show some of the worrying trends we are seeing in our native species.
But you can’t just give up can you. So instead of just talking, I have decided to try shouting and this is where I need your help. I know my generation live in a very technology driven world, so I am taking advantage of some of this technology to reach as many people as I can.
I have organised an on-line campaign that will go live on 19th April. The theme of the campaign is “Think 500 Years Ahead”. The message is that we want to see people with the power to make a difference thinking 500 years ahead and not just 5 years ahead. They must start thinking further ahead than just one political term.
This on line protest is being done by creating a Twitter storm using Thunderclap. Basically, you can sign up to the Thunderclap which you will find by clicking here. Then on the 19th April at 9:30am, twitter will hopefully be flooded with the following message:
“I want MPs to put the natural world at the heart of decision making and #Think500YearsAhead not just 5 years ahead.”
At the moment over 500 people have signed up to the Thunderclap, but most of these people already accept that we are eroding the natural world to a critical level. But all these people have a mix of followers, so when the Thunderclap goes out, it will hopefully reach a broader mix of people and get them thinking about the message they see.
Furthermore, it we can get the Twitter message to “trend “ on the day, then even more people will see the “Think500HundredYearsAhead” hashtag on the trending column on their twitter page and click on it to see what it is all about.
The hope is that people will then write their own tweets that include the hashtag and increase the social reach of the message even more. Will it work? Well, we’ll have to see on the 19th, but I am not going to sit back and watch my generation’s natural inheritance slip further and further away. I have to believe that things can change.
So here comes the request for help part. If you have a Twitter account, it is very easy to join up and be part of this on-line campaign, so please sign up. If you don’t have a Twitter account, then maybe put this blog post in front of someone who does and get them to sign up. The more people that sign up, the greater the chance of #Think500YearsAhead trending on 19th April. You could even tweet your MP and see if they are willing to sign up!
Furthermore, on the 19th April, if you are on Twitter at around 9:30am, please compose your own tweet that includes the hashtag #Think500yearsAhead, as again, this will help us trend and be heard. What would you say in just 140 characters?
So are you in or out for nature!