RSPB Cymru is launching a social media campaign asking water companies to do #More4Nature.
RSPB Cymru are calling on the public to play a role in encouraging water companies to invest more in nature and the environment. Water companies will be drawing up their 2020-2025 business plans in the coming months, which will outline how they will spend their money. A total of £3bn is expected to be spent in Wales on water and environmental management. By simply tweeting a water-related selfie and tagging your water company along with the #More4Nature hashtag, you will give companies the green light to do more for nature.
RSPB Cymru Water Project (Policy) Officer, Carly Jones, said: "Providing clean water and removing waste relies on nature and has a huge effect on the wildlife and landscapes we love. So in order to make sure our beautiful landscapes and wildlife are cared for, we are calling on water companies to take pro-active action for them. All we ask is for the selfies to be water-related. These could be you by a lake or river, or even brushing your teeth!"
The #More4Nature campaign follows the launch [18 May] of the first ever 'Blueprint for Periodic Review (PR) 19 in Wales' document where a partnership of 28 Non-Governmental Organisations2 called on water companies in Wales to invest more in nature to help people, wildlife and the environment.
The Blueprint document3 sets out five environmental outcomes4 we would like to see included in the business plans:
· Protect and restore catchments from source to sea
· Stop the pollution of our waters
· A step change for biodiversity
· Keep our rivers flowing and our wetlands wet
· Use water wisely and price it fairly.
Carly Jones added: "This campaign is an opportunity for us all to speak up for nature and make change happen. By tweeting a selfie, and tagging or contacting your water company, you can support the environmental organisations and reinforce the importance of nature when developing business plans for our drinking water. It's so important that we do this, so that future generations can enjoy our beautiful natural world in an even better state than it is in today."
The campaign will run until 1 August. For more guidelines on how to take part in the #More4Nature campaign, follow @RSPBCymru or facebook RSPB Cymru.
1. 1The RSPB is the UK's largest nature conservation charity, inspiring everyone to give nature a home. Together with our partners, we protect threatened birds and wildlife so our towns, coast and countryside will teem with life once again. We play a leading role in BirdLife International, a worldwide partnership of nature conservation organisations.
2. Wales Environment Link (WEL) is a network of 28 environmental, countryside and heritage non-governmental organisations with an all-Wales remit. Our vision is a healthy, sustainably managed environment and countryside with safeguarded heritage in which the people of Wales and future generations can prosper - http://www.waleslink.org/
3. The Blueprint for PR19 in Wales document can be found here: http://www.waleslink.org/sites/default/files/blueprint_for_the_2019_price_review_in_wales.pdf
4. More details regarding the five environmental outcomes can be found here: http://www.rspb.org.uk/community/getinvolved/wales/b/wales-blog/archive/2017/05/18/blueprint-water-company-wales-deliver-for-nature.aspx