Cathy's Blog: Get involved. Join in. Do just one thing
Get involved. Join in. Do just one thing. Support ‘this’. Do ‘that’. Sometimes it seems there are constant calls on us to ‘do something’! Anything!
In fact, it is pretty much understood that we humans feel better about ourselves if we do something for others and for our surroundings. This can be to whatever extent suits you and for whatever interest you have. This June there are (at least) three activities that I would like to involve you in! Are you up for the challenge?
Be like Chris Packham and Simon Reeve and support #30DaysWild and/or the #PlasticChallenge! The Marine Conservation Society (MCS) are leading a one-month campaign asking us all to reduce our use of plastics for one day, one week, one month… as Simon Reeve says: “Our planet is becoming poisoned by plastic… as a direct result of our throwaway society… Don’t just get depressed about plastic, stop using it!” See www.mcsuk.org/plasticchallenge for details.
The Wildlife Trusts’ #30DaysWild campaign asks: “Can you do something wild every day throughout June? That’s 30 simple, fun and exciting Random Acts of Wildness… Random Acts of Wildness are all about experiencing, learning about and helping your local wildlife.” Find your way to connect to nature, from adding pollinating plants to your window box or taking a few minutes to identify a tree on your walk to work, or organising a community event to improve a meadow. We can all ‘do something’! See www.wildlifetrusts.org for details.
And the third thing? Get celebrating! #SuffolkDay on Wednesday 21 June is your chance to celebrate and be proud of Suffolk. Of its history, art and culture, cutting edge technology, stunning coastline, wildlife, food and drink, businesses, sport, university – the list goes on and on. How might you celebrate on 21 June?
June’s ‘Volunteers’ Week’ has just ended, and it has been a good reminder that celebrating the support of our Stour Valley Volunteers and the Suffolk Coast Volunteers can never be shouted about enough! THANK YOU EVERYONE!
And finally, another celebration. Join us at the Dedham Vale AONB Forum on 16 June – “Outstanding Landscapes: Good for the Environment, Health and Economy”. See www.dedhamvalestourvalley.org for details.
First published in the East Anglian Daily Times May 2017