Is this the wildlife manifesto you’ve been looking for?
Ahead of the Walk for Wildlife in Hyde Park on Saturday – assemble from 10am, chat and music midday-1pm and then a stroll down to Downing St – Chris Packham and friends have produced a Manifesto for Wildlife.
Although I am one of the authors (I wrote a few words about the uplands) I hadn’t seen the full, illustrated version until yesterday morning. I was trying to read it on my phone while heading into London on the train.
Considering that it’s been written by a bunch of busy people, as a favour to Chris and in the hope that it will set an agenda for a better future for wildlife, and in a very short period of time, it’s pretty good. At least I think it’s pretty good but what do you think?
You’ll notice that it is described as Draft 1 – I can imagine it will be tweaked, enlarged and expanded over time. But what do you think?
Calling this document a manifesto is quite appropriate. I’d vote for this, as a package, way ahead of what any political party will offer us at the next general election even though there are some bits I like more than others. Some of ‘our’ ideas are everybody’s ideas (they may well turn up in the election manifestos of several political parties), some of our ideas are accepted by many wildlife NGOs, some of our ideas are very new. Have a look and tell us what you think.
There are gaps in the coverage of issues, but these can be filled, there are minor contradictions in the document between different authors (but no serious ones that I have spotted) and there are, no doubt, other ricks and glitches. But still, I think it’s pretty good, and a serious contribution to the debate – but what do you think?
This manifesto was edited by three men of letters (and other skills and attributes); Chris himself, Patrick Barkham and Rob Macfarlane.
The authors are:
- Mark AVERY
- Amy-Jane BEER
- Kate BRADBURY
- Jill BUTLER
- Mark CARWARDINE
- Mya-Rose CRAIG
- Carol DAY
- Dominic DYER
- Dave GOULSON
- Miles KING
- Bella LACK
- Georgia LOCOCK
- Robert MACFARLANE
- George MONBIOT
- Ruth PEACEY
- Robert SHELDON
- Ruth TINGAY
- Hugh WARWICK
There are contributions from others and the delightful artwork is by Harry Woodgate.
There will be a few thousand free copies available at Hyde Park on Saturday.