RSPB Saltholme is joining people across the country, who are making, wearing and sharing green hearts, to Show The Love for the places, people and life they cherish and want to protect from climate change.
Part of a nation-wide effort, led by The Climate Coalition, the campaign aims to encourage people to show how much they care about climate change and want to see a shift to clean, secure energy within a generation.
Show The Love is an annual campaign - now in its third year - organised by The Climate Coalition of over 100 charities including RSPB, Oxfam, The National Trust, The Women’s Institute, WWF and CAFOD. At the heart of this year’s campaign sits ‘Love Song’, a powerful three minute film made by Ridley Scott Associates, featuring Charles Dance, Miranda Richardson, Elbow and the Lewisham & Greenwich NHS Choir.
Liz Armitage, of the RSPB, said: “It’s easy to think that extreme weather and changing weather patterns are things that only happen a long way away. But the reality is we are already seeing the effects in this country.
“So, with Valentine’s Day coming up, the Show The Love campaign is looking for people to share and celebrate the places that are special to them. For the RSPB, our reserves are all special places, so it is fitting for us to be hosting events and activities to welcome everyone to these wonderful places.”
RSPB Saltholme, near Stockton-on-Tees, has its own climate story to tell: With increasing unpredictability in the weather, effective water management for both high or low water levels is vital to maintain wildlife rich habitats. At Saltholme, the team works hard to make the most of water resources. There is a programme of maintenance of the site’s sluices and ditches to ensure the water stays where it is needed. This means the team are able to store water when needed and move it to where it is required to ensure suitable habitat for breeding waders and wintering wildfowl.
The reserve is inviting visitors to join in with a range of activities and a special ‘Show the Love’ trail in support of the campaign, from 11 – 26 February. There will also be a number of other activities taking place across the country. For more details, visit fortheloveof.org.uk/map-of-events.
Beth Tegg, Show The Love Project Director, said: “Our changing climate is already making its mark on our landscape and our lives, but it’s not too late to protect them. We can have clean and secure energy within a generation if enough of us show we care. We hope people make, wear and share green hearts this February to show their love for the things we could lose and want to protect from climate change for our children and theirs.”
To launch the initiative The Climate Coalition has also published ‘Weather warning’ - a report, analysed by the Priestley International Centre for Climate at Leeds University, highlighting how a host of much-loved habitats, iconic landmarks and everyday places in Britain are already being impacted by the effects a changing climate. From gardens to pubs and from ancient sites to rivers - too many special places are bearing the brunt of extreme weathers scientifically linked to climate change.
Professor Piers Forster, Director of the Priestley International Centre for Climate, said: “In this report we used cutting edge science to understand how climate change is already affecting our weather patterns and indeed our day-to-day lives. We found that there are a host of special places around the UK - from our coastlines, churches, farms, woodlands, village cricket pitches to the local pub, which have already been badly impacted by our changing climate."
For more information, to watch the film and read the report visit: www.showthelove.org.uk.