Grantham campaigners take part in mass protest in London
Three Grantham Woodland Trust campaigners took part in the mass protest in London last week called The Time is Now.
The protest was called to put pressure on the government to address environmental issues, including plastic waste and air pollution as well as damage to natural habitats. Thousands of people took part in a protest march against climate change in Westminster.
The Grantham campaigners were Kate Harvey, Charlotte Wildermouth and Hannah Broomfield, who were accompanied by 51 other Woodland Trust trustees and staff.
Beccy Speight, chief executive of the Woodland Trust, explained the importance of action. She said: “To avoid climate breakdown we have to act, that’s the reality we live in. There are tough choices to be made, it’s a big challenge, but we can all rise to meet it head on.
“Let’s not shy away from the truth. It will be a challenge, it will cost money, it will mean tough choices, but the human race is at a crossroads for our environmental future.”
The Woodland Trust says it is passionate about linking “the response to the climate crisis to the equally vital response to the biodiversity crisis. In creating new, native, broadleaved woodlands and planting more trees into the landscape, existing woodland and other semi-natural habitats can be extended, restored and linked to enable wildlife to respond to climate change over the coming decades.”
The march was organised by Climate Coalition and Greener UK, whose chair Shaun Spiers said "the time to act is now".
Christine Allen, Director at CAFOD, said: “Humanity still has the ability to work together for our common home – and we joined with thousands of others for the good of our shared family and world. Meeting with our MPs helps to bring a new hope and new vision, and we hope that the thousands of voices who united to raise their concern for our climate will send a strong message to Parliament.”
An estimated 20,000 concerned voters crammed the Embankment and the Westminster precincts to meet their MPs. Some were given a tour of the Palace of Westminster as they demanded immediate action from Parliament to stop the degradation of UK wildlife and global warming. It was estimated more than 300 MPs left their Parliamentary duties to meet protesters and lobbyists from every corner of the U.K.