Here’s a quick roundup of some current national campaigns that we thought you might find interesting – and below, a reminder of some local dates for your diary.
June seems to be a busy month for sustainability and environmental campaigns! Although we are already more than halfway through the month, it is not too late to get involved with these – or you could take inspiration from them and do your own thing.
The plastic challenge (www.mcsuk.org/plasticchallenge)
Millions of tonnes of plastic end up in our oceans every year, affecting wildlife and entering the food chain. The Marine Conservation Society (MCS) is challenging people to give up single-use plastics (for a day, a week, or as long as they can), while raising money to fight plastic litter. There is a downloadable pack of tips and ideas on the MCS website.
The clean air campaign (www.foe.co.uk/clean-air)
Air pollution has been in the news frequently so far this year. Road traffic, particularly diesel, is the biggest problem. Air pollution is linked to 40,000 deaths in the UK each year. Friends of the Earth is campaigning on this issue and has launched a ‘citizen science’ experiment, in conjunction with King’s College London. You can order (for a minimum donation of £15) a ‘Clean Air Kit’, to monitor nitrogen dioxide. Send it off for analysis, you receive the results and they will be added to the campaign map.
The Great British Bee Count (www.foe.co.uk/bee-count)
Until 30 June, Friends of the Earth is inviting people to take part in the Great British Bee Count – observing, identifying and recording bees on a smartphone app. The app also has a handy bee identifier. Sightings are uploaded to the National Biodiversity Network Atlas, where they are available to scientists across the county. More than 15,000 people are already taking part – download the app to join them!
30 Days Wild (www.mywildlife.org.uk/30dayswild)
The Wildlife Trusts are once again running their 30 Days Wild campaign. It encourages all of us to spend time each day in June (or beyond) connecting to nature in some way – whether you have lunch in the park, go wild swimming or create a bug hotel. There are 101 ideas on their website, but no limits to your imagination!
Dates for your diary
Best Wildlife Garden – if you would like to enter the Woking in Bloom competition, you need to get your entry in by 3 July. LA21 is judging the Best Wildlife Garden category. Find out more here >>
Party in the Park – we will be at Woking’s Party in the Park on 8 July. Keep an eye out for us and come and say hello! We are planning activities for kids and we would love to talk to you about what we do and how you can get involved.
Practical conservation – through Woking Biodiversity Partnership, we will be tackling the invasive Himalayan Balsam in Mayford Meadows on the 9 and 23 July. More volunteers are very welcome. Find out more here >>
Evening talk – Woking Borough Council is hosting a talk on swift conservation in the council chamber at 6.30pm on 26 July. Book a free ticket by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Incredible Edible – throughout the summer there will be opportunities to get involved with our Incredible Edible projects. There are established sites in Old Woking and Knaphill. For more information check out the Incredible Edible page and follow Incredible Edible Woking on Facebook.