Visible Minority Ethnic people living in the inner city have told me that they can not go out for walks because the pavements are too narrow and people are not social distancing, just bumping into one another as they walk past.
|Mya-Rose Birdgirl Craig on a Lockdown Walk|
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|Mya-Rose Birdgirl Craig with Chris Packham on Colledge Green, Bristol|
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Day Thirty-one - 1st May 2020
Are you sleeping in much later than in your previous normal life? Re-tune your life with nature's clock. Get up as early as you can, but at least by 7 am, especially if you have children waking up early. Once you are dressed, fling open all the windows and let the outdoors in. Hear the dawn chorus and try to differentiate the different birds singing. You can try to identify them if you want to, but there is no need, just hear their life.
Then go for a walk with your children and look out for nature, birds, bees and butterfiles above and around you. Look into your nature area that you have created and pause in any green space outside your home.
Back home, look and listen through your windows and just be aware of what you can see or hear. This spring has been full of wildlife, not having to fight to be heard by mates above the traffic. Make the most of it, as I imagine that nature may never be happier, unless you fight for this thing that has happened. This positive nature has fought back and made itself heard and seen to us all.
Watch the sunset and then later, watch the stars and the moon, which are much brighter at the moment due to the reduced light pollution.
This is a BBC2 programme that I recorded for Front Row Late presented by the amazing Mary Beard which was put online on 24 April 2020.
Have a watch and look for the ideas on BBC2 Front Row Late
Her first conference was in 2016, which aimed to increase the ethnic diversity in nature by looking at the barriers to Visual Minority Ethnic (VME) people going out into nature, what can be done to overcome these barriers and how we can create VME role models. Speakers included Bill Oddie, Kerry McCarthy MP, Stephen Moss and Dr Richard Benwell. She also organised a second conference, Race Equality in Nature: The Next Generation 13-30 in October 2019 with Speakers Chris Packham, Bristol Deputy Mayor, Councillor Asher Craig, Green Party Councillor Cleo Lake, RSPB CEO Beccy Speight and Survival International CEO Stephen Corry.
She has also set up Black2Nature in 2016 with the aim of working with organisations to increase the access to nature of VME people and is President. Please connect with her on LinkedIn (Mya-Rose Birdgirl Craig) so that she can invite you to join the Race Equality in Nature LinkedIn Group and be part of the change.
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