Rewild your lands madam, urged Queen Elizabeth of Great Britain ahead of COP26
LONDON – Environmental activists on Saturday urged Britain’s Queen Elizabeth and other royals to pledge to rewild their vast estates – from planting more trees to going organic – as the Scotland is preparing to welcome the COP26 world climate conference.
Chris Packham, a well-known environmentalist and broadcaster, along with several hundred school children and a jazz band marched through central London to Buckingham Palace to deliver a petition signed by 100,000 people.
“We ask them very politely to change their practices (of property management) and if they could announce it before COP it would send a brilliant message across the world, ”Packham told Sky News.
“Now is not the time to talk about doing things, now is the time to actually do them, so while they are saying the right things… what better place to do the right thing than in your own, very big place. back yard . “
Rewilding is a conservation effort to restore natural processes and wilderness areas, and Packham said a transition to royal estates would involve using only organic materials, more tree planting and a reduction the number of deer to allow regeneration.
He added that practices such as grouse hunting in which the earth is burnt and drained and lead shot is used “are not consistent with some of the things the Royal Family are saying about their real concerns about the grouse. ‘environment and biodiversity crisis ”.
The Royal Estates said it has a long history of conservation and biodiversity and is constantly looking for ways to make further improvements.
The Queen, her son Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, as well as the heir’s eldest son Prince William and his wife Kate, will attend the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) which will take place in Glasgow in November, organizers said on Friday.
World leaders must meet at the summit to try to deliver on the commitments made in Paris in 2015 to stabilize the planet’s climate and accelerate actions to limit climate change.