Like Isabella Tree (Lockdown awakened our interest in nature, but it must not come at the cost of wildlife, Dec. 28), I am also struck by the disconnection between the praise of “nature” by Lockdown and its indifference to the fate of “wildlife. ” I live in London, where people are thankful for having open spaces and access to nature.
But now my local commons are crossed with newly built roads that threaten areas once reserved for wildlife. The idea of separating nature from animals is highly controversial, and many encourage their dogs to chase birds and squirrels. Walkers disregard signs to stop them.
Boris Johnson is packed with fine words about nature and how it will be preserved by this nation.
But the fact is that an explosion of destructive technologies that are destroying vital ecosystems has been unleashed under this administration. These include the allocation of 6,000 homes on the precious Carrington Moss moorland, permission to create ecologically damaging roads such as the Cambridgeshire Wensum link, and permission to industrialize the last wilderness of Kent, the Graveney Marshes. Ancient woodlands and vital habitats are being bulldozed, causing tremendous grief to the local people who love them. Johnson said he would not let “the newt counters” stand in the way of growth, but if we can’t save the newts, we can’t save nature either. HS2 is the ultimate symbol of what’s happening around the world. Prof. Ros Coward London-Isabella Tree notes that while we need more access to nature, what nature we have is jeopardized by human effects. There is a way for this question to be solved. Anything called outdoor education used to exist. People could learn to “take nothing but pictures and leave nothing but thanks.” especially the young.
The advantages of outdoor education will include teaching navigation skills to individuals so that they can read maps and stick to paths and reduce the entirely avoidable burden put on mountain rescue teams due to lack of proper equipment and planning. Until 2007, I qualified outdoor guides for a national certification, as only those bodies who can take on contracts of at least £ 500,000 can obtain training funds from the Education and Skills Funding Agency – which cleverly excludes almost all outdoor guide training providers.