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  • Writer's pictureEveline Vouillemin

Positive Climate News - February 2024

From individual conservation initiatives to the climate choir movement, this month's positive climate stories remind us of the power of collective action in shaping a greener, more resilient future.

  1. National Trust garden project to help adapt to climate change The National Trust is to take on the challenge of climate adaption with a new garden project in East Sussex. It will be built in the Grade I listed garden at Sheffield Park and Garden. The development will experiment with planting and "adapt and innovate" as it addresses climate challenges, the trust said. It will be the first time a new area of the 120-acre gardens has been created since the National Trust took over ownership in 1954. Find out more on the BBC website.

  2. Northants Nature Girls set up for women to enjoy nature A new nature group for women in their 20s and 30s has been set up to encourage them to feel "comfortable" enjoying wildlife. Northants Nature Girls is run by the Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire. Its first event at Rushden Lakes on Saturday sold out, with further meet-ups planned. Organiser Megan Owen said, "A lot of people don't feel safe going out on their own. We would like to be able to take them to places they might not have gone before, that might be quite remote and with not many people around [that] they don't feel safe in usually". Find out more on the Wildlife Trust website.

  3. The man bringing a slice of countryside to London Gordon Bullock has turned a patch of wasteland in Redbridge, north-east London, into Redbridge Lakes, a conservation area that gives Londoners the chance to appreciate the wildlife both on land and underwater. Find out more on the BBC website.

  4. UK quits treaty that lets oil firms sue governments The UK is pulling out of a treaty that lets fossil fuel firms sue governments over their climate policies. The UK joins France, Germany, Spain and the Netherlands in withdrawing from the controversial Energy Charter Treaty (ECT) after efforts to align it with net zero emissions plans failed. Find out more on the Guardian website.

  5. The UK’s Climate Choir Movement is growing The Climate Choir Movement has grown rapidly since its inception in autumn 2022. From its Bristol beginnings, there are now more than 600 members in 11 climate choirs in England and Wales. Last October, they organised a 100-voice flash choir at the Science Museum to highlight the sponsorship money being taken by the museum from Adani Green Energy, whose parent company, Adani Group, is a major operator of coalmines and coal-fired power stations. Sally Davies, the co-leader of the London Climate Choir and a composer, agrees. “A big mass of people singing is really moving and, whatever your politics, if you can hear the words being sung, the music then becomes a tool to wonder why you’re moved,” she said. “And that moment can be the moment of truth – of change.” Find out more on the Guardian website.

By Eveline Vouillemin ©

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