A Centre for Nature & Society Campaign
Launched during the GREAT BIG GREEN WEEK
20th September 2021
On the 20th of September, during the Great Big Green Week, the Sustainable Land Trust will start their new programme: the Centre for Nature & Society (CNS).
The aim of the pilot programme is to encourage local communities in Rutland and Leicestershire to tackle biodiversity loss, reduce the damaging impacts of climate change and learn about the ways nature supports society.
This will run with five parish councils and community action groups, after which it will become available to national audiences.
HOW WILL THIS HELP COMMUNITIES?
Parish councils, community groups and schools will be provided with the tools to manage their green/open spaces, including a ‘Community Natural Capital Map’ which is designed to increase community understanding and interest through habitat mapping, species data, images, videos, voiceovers, map tours, links to data recording sites, etc.
The Trust will also provide training, support and advice to help communities learn about the value of their landscapes, so that the decisions they make regarding land use maintain and/or increase the value of natural capital for future generations. SLT believe it is the responsibility of everyone to protect and enhance the natural world, that’s why the Centre for Nature & Society, and the pilot programme will focus on empowering local and rural action.
PILOT GROUPS WILL:
Map climate impacts and nature deficit in your area
Learn about natural systems and how they support your community
Consider community pressures – health, wellbeing, economy, equality
Talk it though – communication and engagement
Develop place based solutions and build resilience
Learn about the practical management techniques that improve natural ecosystems
THE RESULTS OF THIS CAMPAIGN WILL CONTRIBUTE TOWARDS:
30 by 30 Nature Challenge
Net Zero Carbon Dioxide
International Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
25 Year Environment Plan
Local Nature Recovery Strategies
Local Climate Action Plans