Thursday, 1 July 2021

Nature's Closing Down

I received an email today from the RSPB (Royal Society for the Protection of Birds). I receive a lot of unsolicited emails and usually scarcely acknowledge the content before moving it to Trash but this one caught my eye. In large letters on a mock shop sign it said:

Nature's closing down

There's a lot of information on the internet about the climate crises and I'm afraid I am becoming quite blasΓ© about it all but this touched a nerve. It says that the natural world we are living in is dying and points out that we have lost nearly 38 million birds in the last 50 years. It says that life as we know it could disappear within the decade because nature is closing down.

I don't want that to happen but I don't know what I can do about it other than sign their petition, which I have done. If you would like to sign the petition then please follow this link:

RSPB Information and Petition

On second thoughts there must be more that I can do so I've drawn up a list. Send me a smiley face either here or on Twitter @RosalindAdam if you already do, or are planning to do, any of the following:

  • Recycle and don't throw things away if possible. (We have a recycling bin and I feel quite righteous when I fill it up.)  πŸ˜€
  • See if there are community groups cleaning up parks etc and volunteer to help. (I may not do this due to arthritis etc.)  πŸ˜€
  • Don't waste water (I always turn off the tap while cleaning my teeth and that's a start!)  πŸ˜€
  • Don't buy disposable items and try to avoid plastics where possible. (We now have milk delivered in glass bottles and we put out the empties like in the olden days.)  πŸ˜€
  • Keep reminding each other to do the above.  πŸ˜‡
Have I missed anything out? I was going to add 'plant a tree' but our garden has all the trees it can cope with and our local park has lots of new trees recently planted so I think that locally we are succeeding in that respect.

Wouldn't it be awful if nature starts to close down over the next decade. I'll finish this blog post with the following disturbing image, courtesy of Analytics Insight.


  1. It’s all very worrying, isn’t it, Ros? We still have lots of birds and trees around us, but those figures are appalling. I use a mug for cleaning my teeth. After living on a boat and in Africa where drought is always an issue, I conserve water anyway, but I’m even more aware of the need for not wasting anything now. We recycle everything we can and I also avoid buying plastic if possible, but sadly, it isn’t possible for many things. We simply don’t get the choice to buy milk in glass bottles or other things in paper or card instead of plastic wrappings. Anyway, we do what we can. It’s so important. Thank you, Ros!

    1. Agreed, Val. We can only do what we can. Our milk in glass bottles is a relatively new service here. I'm sure the milk tastes better out of glass.

  2. Good posts and reminders. So often it's just the tiniest easiest things if everyone would do them. Like picking up trash - folks are so piggy.
    I try to be aware. I know I'm guilty of wastefulness, but I do try to consciously behave.
    Thanks for the post - if only more people would read, think, and act.

    1. Hi Joanne, yes, people who drop litter are so thoughtless. We have trouble locally with big scale litter dumping down country lanes that were once pretty and full of nature.

  3. I hope I am doing my bit to save this planet for the next generation. As for trees, I have bought these for birthday gifts but have contacted Woodland Trust to dedicate trees for those of our gardening group who have passed away during lockdowns and they say this service not currently available as their website has been down?

    1. That sounds an excellent idea, Linda. I do hope they get their website up and running soon. Sadly there is a lot of potential for dedicating trees recently.


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