How can I make a difference?

Often I hear some people asking how they can possibly make a difference t o the environment and the Earth, as individually we can’t do very much. And whilst it is maybe true that as individuals we can’t do a great amount, if everyone does do a little bit, then collectively it can make a huge difference.

A few years back I was lucky to meet and interview Chris Packham, the TV presenter, naturalist, nature photographer, and author and although the interview was mostly about photography I did ask a very relevant question which was, What message would he give out to people regarding the environment, and his answer is as relevant today as it was then:

Chris Packham “You can make a difference.  I think all to often we imagine that someone else is going to do the job.  The RSPB, the Wildlife Trust, The Wildfowl and Wetland Trust, Butterfly Conservation.  It doesn’t matter what your wildlife event is or your environmental group is you know, greenpeace, friends of the Earth, could be any of them, they don’t have the resources, you know they do their very best and they’re very capable and they do great things, but all of us can do our own small bit, and when you add it all together it makes a big bit.  So empower yourself to know that you can make a difference even in very simple humble ways.  Feed the birds in your garden, put up bird boxes, it makes a difference, allow a bit of your garden if you’re lucky enough to have one, to go wild so butterflies can move in, it makes a difference.  Don’t think that everyone else is fixing the planet, we’ve got to fix the planet and we certainly can’t rely on our politicians to fix it at the moment.  So you know, its down to us to stop moaning about it and get on with it ourselves, so that would be my message. 

Caring is not enough, action is what is required”

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