Walk for a purpose, stand up for wildlife awareness!
Thousands of wildlife enthusiasts have gathered from across the country to take part in a “people’s walk” through London to raise awareness of the catastrophic declines in Britain’s plants and animals.
An eclectic mix of participants that included Green Party co-leader Caroline Lucas, musician Billy Bragg, and the major environmental groups gathered in Hyde Park before marching on Downing Street.
Led by naturalist and TV presenter Chris Packham, The People’s Walk for Wildlife was organized as a peaceful protest in response to the failure of political efforts to save species from near extinction.
Habitat destruction and the intensification and farming have been some of the major culprits blamed for these declines, but Packham insisted we have the tools to make things better.
The ultimate goal is to galvanize policymakers, conservation groups, and the general public to begin implementing these changes and save wildlife from “mass extinction in our own backyard”.
“[People] have travelled from all over the UK – from Scotland, Ireland, Wales, England and they have come to Hyde Park because they want to show through strength of numbers that we as a community care – but now, critically, we are going to take some action too,” said Packham.