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Once threatened - now thriving. Yes!

Updated: Aug 6, 2020

Collaborative conservation works.

(Photograph: FLPA/Rex/Shutterstock)

There are four bits of positive environmental news that you might feel cheerful about, in the year that the UN's World Environment Day celebrated biodiversity.

First of all,

1. Pupils at the Sri Ram Universal School started our program 'A Future without Rubbish' in India. We had a webinar with pupils, Shashwat DC , Principal Radhika, Luke Douglas-Home and Jacqueline Gibson of Blenheim Palace.

(forgetting the COVID 19 catastrophe for the moment).

The three other bits are:

2. In 1982, Barn Owls – numbered just 4,200 in the UK. Today, they have nearly tripled in population, in only 30 years.

1982 was their lowest ebb - there were only 4,200 (est.)

Now they are estimated at 12,000.

Reported here today in the Guardian , here.

3. Chequered Skippers Butterflies became extinct in England in 1976, as a result of the destruction of their wet woodland habitat in the East Midlands. The main problem was that woods with open glades were cleared and replanted with uniform conifers.

They are now breeding again in the UK having been re-introduced. This was reported last year, here in the Express.

4. Only a few years ago, Loggerhead sea-turtles were threatened and now they are thriving (in Georgia) This was reported last year, in the New York Times, here.

And these three environmentally positive things have happened when we humans have collaborated on a mission.

At A Future without Rubbish, we say - Know it. Learn about it. Change it?

Welcome pupils of Sri Ram Universal School - it will be a long and difficult but fun journey towards "A Future without Rubbish" India! Namaste!

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