You’re not alone!
You can be certain that there are many people who live near you who share your concerns about climate change and the ecological crisis.
The ways in which we feel comfortable about getting involved are very personal. Many people are starting to speak out for the first time. Furthermore, some people have been asking for change for many years. Luckily, there are many different ways in which we can step into action and therefore make sure that our opinions are heard.
Your school, church or parish council may be a good place to meet with others nearby. People who share your concerns about the future for their children and grandchildren. Together you can highlight issues that you can lobby for.
Hereford Cathedral has an Environmental Working Group and is part of a growing Eco Church movement. Many parish councils have declared a Climate and Ecological Emergency (check this list to see if yours is amongst them) and Herefordshire Councillors from all political parties need to hear which issues are important to the people who live in their areas. Our local MPs Jesse Norman and Bill Wiggin should (?!) make sure that our opinions are heard when decisions about national policies with huge implications for both climate and ecology are made. Contacting them directly is a very effective way to lobby for changes that can be made both individually and collectively.
HGN are working with many parish/town councils through The Great Collaboration project. See here for information and resources.
Supporting a network of over 80 environmental groups. They host regular inspirational events and workshops. The HGN support the sharing of local activities, providing resources and support to local parish councils (including making this platform!). In addition to contributing to the County Climate and Ecological Action Plan and lobbying MPs on specific issues. HGN members also receive a weekly newsletter filled with news, information and events from around the county. To find out more about joining click here.
The Herefordshire Wildlife Trust regularly highlight ecological issues. They also spearhead campaigns and petitions when public support for change is needed.
Many people of all ages are joining Extinction Rebellion. Joining to both get support with grief and distress that they are feeling about issues that are worrying them. They join together with others to make their concerns visible. The Extinction Rebellion Marches sub group covers those who live in or near to Herefordshire.