Photo: Luke Dray/Woodland Trust
If you were one of the 10,000 people who walked through London on Saturday, soaked but happy, you were acting politically. You were using your freedom of speech in a democracy to call on your government to do more for wildlife. And thank you for doing so – your action, combined with those of thousands of others, has certainly been noticed.
But don’t stop there please. And if you wished you could have been one of the #soddententhousand then there is a very simply action you can take to be a part of the movement for wildlife. Please write to your MP. It’s as simple as that.
If a flood of letters and emails head to Westminster (and Cardiff, Edinburgh and Belfast) over the next few days then we will wake politicians out of their complacency. I’ve written to my MP (see here) but you can do much better.
You don’t have to be an expert, you just have to point your MP towards the Manifesto for Wildlife and ask them what they are going to do to help wildlife.
Here is how you find their address – you can write either to Westminster or to their constituency. Writing is the best option (email or letter) and keep a copy of your letter because by the time you get a response you may have forgotten what you said!
You must give your name and address to confirm that you really are a constituent otherwise the MP may ignore your letter.
Please don’t think ‘I expect someone cleverer than me will do it’ because a) they may be thinking the same, b) it’s not about cleverness it’s about showing that you care and c) two letters are more than twice as good as one letter. So your letter counts.
I’d be interested to know if you do write to your MP – I wonder how many we can reach. And I’d be interested in seeing the replies you get – I wonder what they will all say.
Come on! This is easier and cheaper than going to London! Take the next step on the Walk for Wildlife and write to your MP.
And your MP won’t have any excuse to be ignorant – over the next few days they will get a copy of the Manifesto for Wildlife in the post. Your letter can ensure that they read it and respond.