The Great Big Green Week (GBGW) took place in the last week of September 2022 and was enjoyed by communities across the UK.
Stour Valley GBGW
In my area, GBGW events were organised by SAFE, an action group in the Stour Valley (of which I happen to be a member). The group aims to improve traffic speed and emissions, protect wildlife and is campaigning to reduce pollution in our river, streams and the air.
All the events in our GBGW were free including the new Meadow Walk, Phil’s fabulous wildlife garden, organised bike rides and the new beekeepers in St Edmund’s Churchyard.
In the evenings, there were talks about recycling in Stratford District Council, swifts making a comeback, and flora and fauna in village church gardens.
Walk for life
Walking has been at the heart of my love for the environment ever since the days when Dad would take us all over the Wirral.
I’ve taught environmental science throughout my career. First in Merseyside where I was lucky enough to teach children who already knew the trees, the birds and the flowers.
Later in London, I showed my pupils that even the East End has its streams, parks, riverside and gardens.
Finally in the Cotswolds, I taught Environmental Studies twice a week and encouraged the Year 11 pupils to enjoy self-led walks.
After I retired, I joined the Cotswold Wardens and the National Trust. I still walk many miles every day locally or far.
Working for a greener future
On 27 September 2022, at 2pm in Liverpool, at the Labour Conference, I heard Keir Starmer address his vision for Britain. I believe him when he says that Labour will deliver a fairer, greener future.
I also think that Rachel Reeves will be the first green Chancellor.
It’s so clear that we have to fight Climate Change which is more concerning than any other issue.
I was horrified that Liz Truss appeared to veto King Charles III travelling to Egypt for this month’s COP27. One can only guess why she didn’t plan to go, nor wish our King, a great environmentalist, to join the vital conference.
We can only hope that our new prime minister has more enlightened views on the environment.