Hope for the Future, Forests of Hope.
BirdLife International joins 20 leading conservation groups – the ‘WC20’ ahead of this weekend’s G20 Leaders’ Summit to warn that COVID-19 highlights need for urgent action – and urge that investing in nature costs a fraction of pandemic response, while driving green jobs and tackling climate change.
Bird Life International supports ‘Forests for Hope which you can read about on their website and support through my sponsorship challenge. I hope by the time I post this that the G20 will actively support the work needed to restore our devastated natural world as we are all suffering from this destruction of ecosystems.
I have based my 26th and final poem on one I wrote for an exhibition of my friend Ruth Koenigsberger’s paintings last year. Another friend translated it into Spanish. Many people seemed to identify with that special feeling when we get a good glimpse of a wild animal. Her painting of the young owl was the poster for the exhibition. Next year we hope to have another exhibition as her bird paintings have taken full flight into a glory of imagination and colour.
Poem 26 is 26 words from this poem in English, folllowing with 26 lines for many of the creatures I have missed out. ( The amount of lines is a challenge with the new block editor, how can it be so clumsy?)
I see you on my terrace;
You see me see you.
Your eyes hold onto mine.
You move through the trees of my life,
Our Navasola Forest of Hope
Twice now a female wild boar has looked me in the eye.
Both shortsighted but her sense of smell much better than mine.
She moves on,with her tribe following, to a safer distance.
The wild deer like the badger, the fox and the mongoose, leave their scatological deposits.
A reminder that this is their home here.
The genet too used our old roof as a skyscraper latrine.
While bats and owls went bump in the night to stoke our dreams with fur and feathers.
Birds hide away from us but woodpecker feathers lay lifeless on the ground.
Golden Orioles sing in the tall alders and willows above
Ruth’s orchard where pen, paint and patterns create smiles.
A buzzard or a booted eagle hovers.
Bullfinches and hoopoes pass by for weekend retreats.
Butterflies varied in their passions delight us with a feast of fritillaries, festoons and swooning swallowtails.
Insect life seems happy buzzing, clicking, whirring. There are no nasty chemicals nearby. .
Beetles abound from rotting tree trunks but we look out for one that likes our linseed protected timber roof.
Paper wasp nests hide in the eaves, hornets hang around near the ivy on an old oak. Wasp like waists to die for.
Dragonflies often hover near the porch ready to catch the large flying ants.
Our favourite porch pets are the regular reptile visits of
Psammodromus, the white gecko and the lizard of jewels.
Sometimes we find fire salamanders and the ladderback snake under old tiles and in wood piles.
We see so much life from the porch, the window and on quiet walks.
All imprints on our being.
But who are we on theirs?
As they look and stare, even glare at the imposition of our being on their path,
I hope they will dare to pass by our way,
I am not by nature a fundraiser but I felt compelled as the lockdown began and many fund raising events couldn’t take place to make mine a poetry marathon. There was the 2.6 challenge for charities affected by the London Marathon not taking place. So I decided for my sins to write 26 poems, some with 26 words and some with 26 lines. Unfortunately the 2.6 fund raising page was time limited and the page no longer works. It has taken me 8 months to get to my finishing line.
Thank you to all those who have sponsored me for the RSPB 2.6 challenge page and for others who have begun to sponsor BirdLife International.
I strongly believe that if we could begin to restore nature and change our relationship from exploitation of the natural world to a sustainable and equitable future there will be hope that we can continue to live in a nature rich world that is much healthier and happier.
This weekend BirdLife International which begun in 1922 for conservation of birds across boundaries has coordinated with other nature organisations to present the urgent need to stop the destruction and speed up restoration of our natural world at the G20.
BirdLife International helped form Wildlife Conservation 20, or WC20, uniting 20 of the most prominent conservation NGOs at the forefront of protecting wildlife and ecosystems.
Patricia Zurita, BirdLife International’s CEO, said: “COVID-19 is a wake up call to everyone on this planet. Now is the moment when we must value and invest in conservation by developing sustainable nature-based economic stimulus packages. BirdLife believes access to a healthy planet should be a universal human right and this urgent call complements our 1planet1right.org campaign to make this so.
Otherwise, the natural world, on which we all rely, will not be able to protect us and safeguard our current and long-term well-being. Investing the recovery funds in nature will protect not only our economies but also our health.”
On this 21 and 22 November in Riyadh, as the G20 meet, they must step up to the plate to address this crisis.”
If you wish to help me finish my challenge the link for my fundraising page is below.