Chris Packham: Royal family said to ‘walk the march’ and rehabilitate the estates
A PETITION of 100,000 signatures is to be delivered to Buckingham Palace calling on the Queen and the Royal Family to resuscitate their lands.
Packham said members of the royal family need to “step up” on climate action.
The Queen and other members of her family will attend COP26 in Glasgow in November. Prince William is currently featured prominently on BBC iPlayer for a documentary series with David Attenborough featuring “inspiring people with solutions to help restore nature”.
As part of the Wild Card campaign, royals are being asked to put their words into practice. The family owns around 1.4% of the land in England, according to one estimate.
The campaign organized a letter sent to members of the royal family in June calling on them to rewild “ecological disaster zones” under their property. It has been signed by more than 100 personalities, including scientists, activists and television personalities.
And a recent poll found that 62% of the British public believe the royal family should cede their land to nature.
Now, Packham must lead a procession of more than 100 children and parents, led by a jazz group, from Green Park tube station to Buckingham Palace.
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In a press release, the Wild Card campaign said: “Although the royals are increasingly outspoken eco-warriors, much of their land is considered by experts to be a ‘disaster zone’. ecological “, presenting degraded landscapes such as grouse moors and deer hunting areas. .
“According to environmentalists, the royal lands in many places have fewer trees and wildlife than the rest of the UK. For example, while the average EU tree cover is 37%, the Prince Charles Duchy of Cornwall estate only has 6% tree cover!
“Environmentalists believe royal estates would naturally be home to beavers, wolves, bison, wild boars, martens and white storks (above).”
In reference to this, the procession that will take place on Saturday October 9 will also feature a four-meter sculpture of a white stork representing one of the many species that environmentalists believe could be successfully reinserted on the royal estates. .
With over 50% of Britain’s land owned by just 1% of the population, Wild Card says it is up to the wealthy to act first to protect the natural world.
The campaign has already been criticized for having “rated” the land nobility. Attempts for members of the royal family to re-save their land have been called “a perfect showcase of the inability of the rewilding movement to understand the land issue”.
The petition, which already has more than 100,000 signatures, is available here.
Buckingham Palace has been approached for comment.