More than 100,000 people have called on the UK’s governments to take action to protect nature and the climate.
2021 is a crossroads for us and for nature.
World leaders will be negotiating last-resort targets to address the nature and climate crisis at two global United Nations' summits and we need the UK’s governments to lead by example, taking strong action to secure nature’s recovery. But for them to do this, our political leaders need to see how much people across the UK care about nature and want their governments to turn things around.
The InConvenience Stores
So, to raise awareness of nature’s plight, from 1–8 July we opened InConvenience Stores in Manchester, Cardiff and Edinburgh – pop-up shops and stalls designed to highlight what an average weekly shop could look like in a world without nature.
Instead of packets of crisps and tea bags, these stores stocked essentials like cans of clean, breathable air, precious bottles of unpolluted drinking water and sandbags to help protect homes from flooding.
RSPB Chief Executive Beccy Speight said: ‘For me, these shops represent what a future without nature could look like for all of us – and it’s quite frightening. You can see things in really short supply that we all need to live. But of course, it doesn’t have to be like this.’
‘We need people across the UK to stand up for nature, to let our politicians know this is not good enough and we demand they revive our world. Every country in the UK must create legally binding targets to restore nature, invest in nature and green jobs, and support farmers to produce healthy food that’s good for people, the climate and wildlife. We have to put our money where our mouth is and use the next decade to do something truly impressive.’
A name makes all the difference
As well as using our InConvenience Stores to highlight the future we want to avoid, we also called on people to support our campaign by visiting an online shop and helping add a selection of survival items to shopping baskets, ready to be handed over to government leaders. But this virtual shopping experience didn’t need money – just a name. Every time 15,000 names were added in support of the campaign, another product was added to the basket. In just eight days, a staggering 105,688 people showed their support for nature.
Calling on our leaders
On Monday 12 July we followed up on this amazing response by handing over the survival baskets to Prime Minister Boris Johnson at Westminster, First Minister of Wales Mark Drakeford at the Senedd and First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon at Holyrood.
We will be handing a survival basket to the First Minister and deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland at a later date.
The pressure is now on these leaders to take the action nature needs.