Black2Nature & me

Black2Nature & me

I am President of an organisation called Black2Nature, which I set up when I was 14 years old and is Visible Minority Ethnic (VME) led.  We campaign for equal access to nature for all, especially VME communities who are currently excluded from the countryside. We run nature camps,  arrange nature activities, organise race equality in nature conferences and campaign to make the nature conservation and environmental sectors ethnically diverse.

If you are able to donate money to us or you are able to volunteer for the nature camps or helping behind the scenes please contact equalityinnature@gmail.com.

I have organised eight nature camps for inner-city mainly VME children and teenagers, getting them engaged in nature by making it relevant to them and having plenty of VME role models. The most popular sessions are those where the young people can get close up to wildlife like bird ringing, mothing and even bio blitzes. The young people are all individuals and so, as such, like different sessions. The camp for teenagers is called Camp Avalon and is 2 nights and takes place on the Somerset Levels near Glastonbury. The camp for primary age children is called Camp Chew and is for 1 night and takes place in Compton Martin in the Chew Valley. Other activities are birding, nature sketching, nature photography, making nest boxes, looking for Nightjar, bats, mammal traps and camera traps.

Mya-Rose Birdgirl Craig at Camp Avalon 2015
Photograph copyright young brder Mya-Rose Birdgirl Craig

Mya-Rose Birdgirl Craig bird ringing & holding a Marsh Tit
Photograph copyright young brder Mya-Rose Birdgirl Craig

We ensure the young people attending our camps come from a varied background including different VME backgrounds and religions, White British young people from areas of deprivation within the city as well as those from affluent backgrounds in the countryside where they have little contact with VME young people with strong customs faiths. It is really important for community cohesion for the young people to mix together and spend time with people they do not normally get time with, to break down barriers and reduce radicalisation on all sides.

Mya-Rose Birdgirl Craig at Camp Chew 2017
Photograph copyright young brder Mya-Rose Birdgirl Craig

Mya-Rose Birdgirl Craig at Camp Chew 2017
Photograph copyright young brder Mya-Rose Birdgirl Craig

After my first nature camp in 2015, I wrote to the CEO’s of the four biggest nature conservation NGO’s starting a conversation about the lack of diversity in their organisations, whether Trustees, staff, volunteers or members. I had a positive response from them but I decided that due to school I needed to meet them all together and save time!  The Natural England’s Monitor of Engagement with the Natural Environment (MENE) Report March 2019 looked at how often children visited green spaces. 73% of none-VME children visited frequently, which drops to 57 % for VME. 75% of children from higher socio-economic groups (A & B) visited frequently whilst 65% for lower socioeconomic groups (C & D). Therefore, clearly, race and ethnicity have a larger impact than poverty, although this does have an impact.

Mya-Rose Birdgirl Craig at Camp Avalon 2016 Photograph copyright young birder Mya-Rose Birdgirl Craig

I have interviewed VME elders about their lives growing up “back home”. All talked about their rural childhoods, swimming, being out in nature and helping with family smallholdings. However, their grandchildren’s generation mistakenly thinks their heritage is urban, however, we can still engage them by referring back to their country of ethnic origin. 83% of British people live in cities, with a disproportionate number of VME living in bleak inner cities. NGO’s must, therefore, start to communicate with people from all ethnicities and backgrounds. The starting point is for their HR, IT and Finance teams to become ethnically diverse, which leads to improved performance. Therefore, these discussions led me to organise a conference in June 2016, called Race Equality in Nature Conference kindly sponsored by Bristol Zoo which I opened and then with the Key Speakers being Bill Oddie, Kerry McCarthy, Stephen Moss, Dr Richard Benwell, Monira Ahmed Chowdhury, Rachel De Garang & Jini Reddy and lots of experts in race equality, diversity and inclusion. Those who were there commented that it was the first time that those working in conservation had met and discussed the issues with those from BME communities or experts in racism. We had workshops on what were the barriers to VME people getting out into nature, what could be done to overcome the hurdles and creating VME role models.

Mya-Rose Birdgirl Craig with Bill Oddie at Race Equality in Nature Conference 2016
Photograph copyright young birder Mya-Rose Birdgirl Craig
Young Scots at Race Equality in Nature Conference 2016Photograph copyright young birder Mya-Rose Birdgirl Craig

Since 2015, I have been leading the campaign to make the environmental sector diverse. Of environmental professions, only 0.6% are VME the second-worst sector for diversity after only agricultural ownership. I have had meetings with many of the leaders of conservation organisations, speaking at conferences and writing on the topic. This is an article that I wrote for the Chartered Institute of Ecology & Environmental Management. I was also the Minister for Diversity in Conservation in Chris Packham’s People’s Manifesto for Wildlife and was the first speaker at his People’s Walk for Wildlife.   I and Black2Nature organised another conference with Emmanuel Adukwu at UWE Bristol which took place on 2nd October 2019 called Race Equality in Nature: The Next Gen 13-30. As set out above and would like to invite you to take part. The speakers including Asher Craig (Bristol Deputy Mayor), Cleo Lake (Bristol councillor for the Green Party),  Zakiya McKenzie (Black & Green Ambassador), Lara Lemi (Bristol University STEM student and organiser of BMEinSTEM Conference, Chris Packham (Nature presenter), Stephen Corry (CEO Survival International) and Becky Speight (CEO RSPB). The conference aimed to work through the journey of a VME young person, highlighting the racism within the sector that needed to be addressed.

Mya-Rose Birdgirl Craig at Youth Strikes 2019
Photograph copyright young birder Mya-Rose Birdgirl Craig

We expect half of those attending will be in senior roles in the nature conservation & environment sector, nature media and environmental education with the other half being BME educators, conservationists & environmentalists and experts in race, diversity & inclusion as well as BME communities.

Links

Camp Avalon

http://birdgirluk.blogspot.com/2015/06/camp-avalon-in-making.html

http://birdgirluk.blogspot.com/2015/06/camp-avalon-friday-19-june-2015.html

http://birdgirluk.blogspot.com/2015/06/camp-avalon-saturday-20-june-2015.html

http://birdgirluk.blogspot.com/2015/07/camp-avalon-sunday-21-june-2015.html

http://birdgirluk.blogspot.com/2015/06/camp-avalon-review-and-planning-for.html

http://birdgirluk.blogspot.com/2016/07/camp-avalon-2017.html 

Diversity

http://birdgirluk.blogspot.com/2016/06/how-ethnicity-and-wealth-are-impacting.html

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The Adventures of Horatio Mowzl – Volume Three: ‘The Great Rising’ Review

The Adventures of Horatio Mowzl – Volume Three: ‘The Great Rising’ Review

The Adventures of Horatio Mowzl  – Volume Three: ‘The Great Rising’ By Paul Thornycroft

Book description:  I love these children’s books and would highly recommend them for your children. “The Great Rising brings us to the dramatic climax of this, the third volume in the Mowzl Trilogy. Having learned ‘purling’ – how to dream into Mowzl-sized woollen pouches – the children purl in the Glade talking the wild talk with creatures of all kinds. Their purling then takes them on adventures worldwide, discovering Wild Nature for themselves. Their eyes and hearts are opened; the wild web is revealed as alive and aware – as something they are intimately part of; they see the terrible damage to Wild Nature and feel it as wounding to themselves. Shocked, they resolve to act urgently to transform the way grown-ups see Nature. Their enthusiasm spreads throughout their school, where they start projects which soon spread from their school to other schools across the country; these projects, and the art of purling, spread around the world – and the Great Rising begins”

An Appeal  Two Thousand & Nineteen was a memorable year for Paul Thornycroft with the publication of all three of his Mowzl books, books for children and anyone interested in reading a dramatic children’s story about climate breakdown and the ecological crisis. These books are Mowzl’s gift to children, for them to enjoy fabulous stories while glimpsing innovative and original insights about Nature, wildness, and what their future holds.

The books are self-published via Amazon-KDP (Kindle Direct Publishing) under the imprint MowzlPrint Publishing, so Paul needs support from people to buy his wonderful books and rate them. Volume One: Little HumansVolume Two: First PurlingsVolume Three: The Great Rising

Mowzl Books Mowzl’s website: www.mowzl.co.uk  Amazon books: https://amzn.to/372vlIV  All three Mowzl books are now published for all to enjoy fabulous stories while glimpsing innovative and original insights about Nature, wildness, and what the future holds. Read a dramatic children’s story about climate breakdown and the ecological crisis, a story daring to look deep, asking the questions we all avoid asking.  Available as printed book or eBook (Kindle), from Amazon and other platforms, and may also be ordered from bookshops. The book titles are:Volume One: Little HumansVolume Two: First PurlingsVolume Three: The Great Rising

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Guest Blog by Clive Horlock – Educating Rain Child

Guest Blog by Clive Horlock – Educating Rain Child

Educating Rain-child

For Parents and Teachers concerned with the ‘Bigger Picture’

Rain-child belongs to a Bushmen clan in Botswana and was born during a Kalahari rainstorm, which is considered lucky, hence his name.


Many friends who have joined me in the Kalahari for a Bushmen cultural experience have remarked on the behaviour of Rain-child and the other children of the clan as they never seem to need disciplining and never appear to be unhappy. The children seem to take pride in helping the adults in their domestic duties and when not helping the adults they will happily amuse themselves with a dry Tsama melon, guinea fowl feather, or similar. It does not take long for visitors to become aware of this ‘unusual’ child behaviour prompting the question “how can these children always be so happy and content even though they have nothing?”

When the question is posed to Bushmen parents, they express surprise, replying “but why should they be unhappy, children only need to be given love and safety as they are already happy?”

Does this suggest that in our modern world we have in some way taught our children how to be unhappy? Have our children been taught that happiness can only happen in association with a destination, event or reward?

As a parent and ex-teacher I have always had an interest in child development and it is with special interest that I have tried to study the interaction between Bushmen adults and their children in order to try and establish an answer to this question. Making this study even more relevant are two other factors regarding the Bushmen: Firstly, that they are considered the most successful society in human history, and secondly, that their remark- able survival lasted for tens of thousands of years, until the arrival of modern man – so what are the secrets of their success?

Trying to understand their education methodology is therefore of ongoing interest to me and what has become clear is that child raising involves the entire community, and at a very young age inculcates the philosophies which shaped the Bushmen culture of survival.

Parents concentrate on providing love and making their children feel safe. This love is demonstrated through their caring, empathetic and compassionate relationship with others and through their respect for animals. The rest of the community helps with general education and survival skills with spiritual leaders contributing to the understanding of love by developing the understanding that all thoughts associated with love contribute to the most powerful energy in the universe, the life-force, which they call N/lom.

Details of their education processes are not necessary for the purposes of this article except for one practice ofspecial significance which incorporates most of the principles of the Bushmen culture.

This practice is called the “Healing Dance”, which was/is practiced at least once a week and/or when the need arises. I originally considered this ritual to be aimed at healing ill individuals until its real purpose was made clear to me.

The ritual can better be described as a preventative and holistic healing process aimed at maintaining physical, psychological and spiritual health, as well as to maintain community well-being, the health of their environment, and connection with the natural world.

This description provides some insight into Bushmen behaviour and practices which form the basis of their culture. The healing dance purpose basically encapsulates what could be considered the ‘mission statement’ for the education of Bushmen children.

From a very young age children soon learn about the benefits of egalitarianism, sharing, giving and serving community – in essence, how to be human.
• They learn to love the natural world, and as they explain, “you cannot harm what you love”.
• They learn to suppress ego in order to avoid the social and environmentally destructive effects associated with superiority, power and greed.
• They learn to connect with the energies of the universe and to benefit from universal intelligence.

Dare we compare the education of children today with that of Rain-child?

While today education focuses on what children can be in the future, how much focus is placed on ensuring that there will be a future? I share the story of Grace which illustrates the effectivity of our education system in terms of preparing children for the future.

Grace, not her real name, was 13 years old at the time and a pupil at a very prestigious UK School when a teacher asked the class to create picture boards of what they wanted their lives to look like in twenty years time. Grace’s board displayed the typical big house, cars and exotic holiday’s but one thing that caught the teacher’s eye were the words “no more climate change”. When the teacher explained that all her wants were not compatible with ‘no climate change’, she went silent, and asked “why, is there no way around it?”

‘Grace’ represents an average child who could be attending almost any School on the planet, so the question which needs to be asked of any person involved in education, from assistant teacher to senior education planner is “How is it possible that a child who has been in the conventional education system for approximately 8 years, does not understand that having a surplus of material possessions as well as ‘no climate change and environmental degradation’ is impossible?

How is it possible that Rain-child’s predecessors in 50 000BC understood this better than did Grace in 2019 AD? Is it because this truth would conflict with the modern global economic system dependent on growth and consumerism? Do children believe that it is possible for all 7 billion people on the planet to achieve what appears on their ‘picture board’? If not, who must be excluded and why?

One of the ‘costs’ of today’s consumer-driven society is the lack of quality time parents are able to enjoy with their children.

We are told that this is the price of progress – but progress towards what?

What is the ‘deemed goal’ towards which humanity is supposedly progressing? Without knowing this goal/s, how is it possible to say that progress is being made?

Parents, are you educating your children to achieve goals which celebrate humanity, the environment and the sustainability of both or do you consider this the duty of educational institutions?

Teachers, if you had to write your ‘mission statement” for humanity on your classroom wall, one which cuts across all curricula and addresses the sustainable well-being of all humankind, what would it say? How much of your mission statement would be addressed by your current subject curriculum?

As we are in an age of multiple crises, fake information and questionable leadership is it not time for each and every person to use their own logic, reasoning and freedom of choice to make the changes necessary to ensure sustainable well-being for all humankind and planet.

© Clive Horlock

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Leaders call on PM to create socially just and green recovery form Covid-19

Leaders call on PM to create socially just and green recovery form Covid-19

Leaders call on Prime Minister to create socially just and green recovery from Covid-19

● Richard Curtis CBE, Paul Polman, Michael Izza and leaders of more than 100 renowned companies, charities, universities, and trade associations call on the UK Government to ensure the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are at the heart of UK Covid-19 recovery plans

● The Sustainable Development Goals provide us with a blueprint to end poverty and inequality and put health, wellbeing and job creation at the heart of Covid-19 recovery plans in the UK

● The UK is performing well on 24% of the Sustainable Development Goal targets and could enhance this if they were used to frame the UK’s recovery from Covid-19

A letter sent to the Prime Minister on Tuesday 9th June calls on his government to use the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to frame Covid-19 recovery plans.

The letter references a statement made by the Prime Minister at the Financing for Development event on 28 May where he called for “fairer, greener and more resilient global economy” after Covid-19. He said that we must ‘work together to get shared goals back on track including […] the Sustainable Development Goals’.

The letter supports this and states ‘we do not need to reinvent frameworks or agreements, we can instead use the global goals as the basis for a socially just and green recovery in the UK and abroad’.

Early evidence from the Business and Sustainable Development Commission showed that if implemented the SDGs create at least US$12tn in business opportunities in just 60 market hotspots and estimates this could be 2-3 times bigger across the whole economy.

The letter has been coordinated by the UK Stakeholders for Sustainable Development (UKSSD) and the United Nations Global Compact Network UK (GCN UK).

Signatories include leaders of Leonard Cheshire, Natwest Group, Nestle UK & Ireland, Linklaters, Clifford Chance, The Body Shop, SSE, HSBC, Standard Life Aberdeen, Mott MacDonald and Unilever; filmmaker Richard Curtis; the Mayor of Bristol; Chairman of the Local Government Association and Dr Mya-Rose Craig (aka Birdgirl).

The letter states that the ‘SDGs provide an internationally agreed framework, which also works at national, regional and local level, alongside and reinforcing existing plans and commitments.’

It asks that the SDGs be used ‘used to consolidate and future-proof [recovery] plans’ and goes on to recommend that they are used to:

1. Prioritise the most vulnerable in our society and level-up regional and societal inequalities

2. Build coherent policies for a healthy planet and to aid the transition to net-zero

3. Unite all sectors behind a plan to build a stronger and more resilient economy

The SDGs are part of the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and give a “shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet, now and into the future”. There are 17 Goals at its centre, encompassing climate action, education and health.

Unfortunately, the UKSSD Measuring Up report found gaps in policy or inadequate performance for 57% of targets, and 15% where there is little to no policy in place to address it, or where performance is poor. It anticipates that this situation will be worsened by the societal and economic impacts of Covid-19.

Quotes:

Richard Curtis, UN Sustainable Development Goals Advocate, film writer, director and co-founder of Project Everyone

“The COVID crisis has shown more than ever that we must work together to secure a better future. The Global Goals are a powerful tool to help us do this; they provide a common vision and a practical blueprint for collaboration. The breadth of support for this letter demonstrates a commitment to working with the UK government to deliver healthy lives, healthy societies and a healthy planet for everyone. We can only build back better together and I hope that the Government will use the Goals to help them do this”

Michael Izza, ICAEW Chief Executive

“The Sustainable Development Goals are an important framework to ensure governments and businesses are pursuing the long-term public interest, so we hope the Prime Minister will use them as a foundation for the UK’s post-COVID recovery plans.

“As chartered accountants, we think it’s vital businesses look beyond profit and have a wider social purpose, and we’re pleased to have so many organisations join our call to government to put these goals front and centre.”

Steve Kenzie, Executive Director, UN Global Compact Network UK

“The SDGs define a universal framework for governments, businesses, and civil society to work together and create the future we want. We’re only 10 years away from the deadline to achieve the goals, and the Covid-19 crisis risks worsening inequalities and slowing down progress made. The SDG agenda must be used by the Government to ensure the UK recovers better, recovers stronger, and recovers together”.

Emily Auckland, Network Director, UKSSD

“Covid-19 has placed a spotlight on inequalities in our society. We have an opportunity to make sure our recovery from this crisis is fair and just so that people and places across the UK can prosper. This does not have to be in conflict with our net-zero carbon ambitions and the SDGs help us work together to create social and environmental outcomes, so all people have a happy life on a healthy planet”.

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SDG opportunities

The Business and Sustainable Development Commission report ‘Better Business, Better World’ identified a US$12tn market opportunity in 60 market hotspots and the potential to create 980 million jobs. They estimate the opportunity would be 2-3 times bigger across the whole economy.

Goal 5 Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls:

McKinsey’s Power of Parity report showed that bridging the gender gap in the UK workforce could add billions of GDP and 840,000 female employees to the workforce in the.

About the UK Stakeholders for Sustainable Development (UKSSD)

Through collaboration and access to new insights, UKSSD brings organisations together to accelerate progress on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the UK. UKSSD was launched in April 2016 and has grown to more than 1,000 network members, representing most sectors and industries in the UK, from grass-roots community organisations to multinational business.

We work with our partners to use their cross-sector voice to influence government and organisations on their approach to the SDGs. With shared expertise and leadership, we support them to learn from each other, develop their activities and identify new opportunities for collaboration, such as our new Food Systems Programme which launched in January 2020.
About the UN Global Compact Network UK

Launched in 2000 as a special initiative of the UN Secretary-General, the United Nations Global Compact provides a framework for developing more sustainable and responsible businesses. Today, the UN Global Compact is the largest corporate sustainability initiative in the world, with more than 10,500 companies and 3,000 non-business signatories based in over 160 countries, and more than 60 Local Networks. It is a call to companies everywhere to align their operations and strategies with ten universally accepted principles in the areas of human rights, labour, environment, and anti-corruption. Its mission is to mobilise a global movement of sustainable companies and stakeholders to create the world we want.

The UN Global Compact Network UK delivers an extensive programme of activity to support UK-based UN Global Compact participating organisations. The Network promotes practical sustainability leadership, shares knowledge across sectors, and actively shapes the responsible business environment to create a world we want to live and do business in.
About the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs, or “the Global Goals”) are an initiative of the United Nations.

Together, the Global Goals set out an ambitious agenda for a better world by 2030 – fairer, safer, healthier, more prosperous and in better balance with nature. The goals have been described as “the closest thing the world has to a strategy”.

The Global Goals were born out of a vast consultation process and were ratified by 193 global leaders in September 2015. There are 17 goals, with 169 targets sitting underneath them, covering every facet of life on Earth – social, economic and environmental.

Unlike the Millennium Development Goals which preceded them, the SDGs are not primarily focused on developing countries; they are about sustainability everywhere.

The SDGs are a common blueprint for a sustainable future – as relevant to communities, households and individuals as they are to governments, businesses, and NGOs.

 

 

The Rt. Honourable Boris Johnson MP Prime Minister
10 Downing Street
London

SW1A 2AA 9 June 2020

Dear Prime Minister,

Building a better future through the COVID-19 recovery programmes

As the Government plans for the UK’s recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, the signatories of this letter write to ask that the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are used to consolidate and future-proof these plans.

We recognise that we must work together to recover from the pandemic and build a better future where all people in the country have a good life on a healthy planet. The SDGs can help us to do this and there is already widespread support across UK society, including the business community, for the future the global goals define.

We welcome your recent statement that we need a ‘fairer, greener and more resilient’ global economy’ and to ‘build back better’ after the coronavirus crisis. We acknowledge the letters you have already received that ask for this. However, we also support the statement you made on the 28th May that ‘there is a need for us to work together to get our shared goals back on track including […] the Sustainable Development Goals’. As you said, we do not need to reinvent frameworks or agreements, we can instead use the global goals as the basis for a socially just and green recovery in the UK and abroad.

Together the 17 Goals provide us with an internationally agreed framework, which also works at national, regional and local levels, alongside and reinforcing existing plans and commitments. They enable the Government to work cross-departmentally and with stakeholders to create programmes and policies that are coherent with the needs of our economy, society and environment both domestically and internationally.

We, therefore, recommend that the Government:

Use the SDGs to unite all sectors behind a plan to build a stronger and more resilient economy

It is clear that many aspects of our lives will never be the same again. Some industries may never recover from this crisis. We must use this challenging situation as an opportunity to work together with our global and national partners alike, to build a stronger and more resilient economy with the SDGs at its heart.

Use the SDGs to prioritise the most vulnerable in our society and level-up regional and societal inequalities.
COVID-19 has exposed the depth of inequalities and risks exposing more families to income deprivation and its consequences. We welcome the Government’s commitment to levelling up prosperity across the UK and urge a similar focus to overcome wider societal inequalities. The SDGs provide us with a framework which can help us prioritise health and wellbeing, alongside prosperity and GDP, as a measure of the nation’s success. We need to ensure that our recovery from the pandemic leaves no one behind and puts the health and wellbeing of current and future generations first.

Use the SDGs to build coherent policies for a healthy planet and to aid the transition to net-zero

COVID-19 has highlighted the risks our society faces because of biodiversity and habitat loss, and climate change. We must balance social and economic needs with the needs of our planet, protecting and managing nature and reducing our greenhouse gas emissions. These goals do not have to be in conflict. The SDGs provide a way to create co-benefits through the Government’s commitment to net-zero by 2050 and coherent policy design.

We recognise that the scale of recovery will pose many challenges for the Government. But the COVID-19 crisis has shown that businesses, government, and civil society can and will work together to create lasting and positive change. We believe the SDGs should be used to establish the level of ambition for the UK’s pandemic-recovery and a future that ensures all people in our country live a good life, prospering on a healthy planet.

We want to build the future we want with the Government and are ready to support you in this endeavour.

Yours sincerely Individuals

Baroness Northover
Baroness Sheehan
Joe Anderson, Mayor of Liverpool Lord Harris of Haringey

Lord McConnell of Glenscorrodale, Co-chair, All-Party Parliamentary Group on the United Nations Global Goals for Sustainable Development

Lord McNicol of West Kilbride
Lord Bird of Notting Hill
Lord Purvis of Tweed
Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol – the first UK city to develop a Voluntary Local Review Rt Revd Richard Atkinson OBE, Bishop of Bedford

Sir Mark Moody-Stewart KCMG The Earl of Sandwich

Organisations

Jonathan Pell, CEO, Adam Smith International Gary Waite, Portfolio Manager, Alpha: r2 Ltd Peter Simpson, CEO, Anglian Water
Stuart McLachlan, CEO, Anthesis Group

Jane Fiona Cumming, Director and Co-founder, Article 13 Dervilla Mitchell, Chair, UKIMEA Region Board, ArupHarriet Lamb, CEO, Ashden
Ben Moore, Managing Director, Attollo Offshore

Mike Hanson, Director of Sustainability, BaxterStorey

Colin MacIsaac, CEO, FH Bertling International GmbH

Sue Riddlestone OBE, Chief Executive and Co-founder, Bioregional

Dr Mya-Rose Craig, President and Patron, Black2Nature and the Global Goals Centre

Stephanie Draper, CEO, Bond

Will Travers OBE, Executive President, Born Free Foundation

Peter Mather, Group Regional President, Europe, and Head of Country, UK, BP plc

Lizzi Testani, Chief Operating Officer, Bristol Green Capital Partnership

Richard Griffiths, Chief Executive, British Poultry Council

Helen Ashworth, National President, Business and Professional Women UK

Yusuke Mizoguchi, Senior Managing Director, Canon UK & Ireland

Professor Tim Jackson, Director, Centre for the Understanding of Sustainable Prosperity, University of Surrey

Lexie Jones, CEO, Change Agents UK
Terry Fuller, Chief Executive, CIWEM
Matthew Layton, Global Managing Partner, Clifford Chance

Jeroen Ouwehand, Global Senior Partner, Clifford Chance
Leendert Den Hollander, Vice President and General Manager Great Britain, Coca-Cola

European Partners
Federico Tonetti, Group Safety & Sustainability Director, Compass Group
Mark Roberts, CEO, Conscious Creatives
Caroline Norbury, Chief Executive, Creative Industries Federation and Creative England Albert Maasland, CEO, Crown Agents Bank
Simon Wyatt, Partner, Cundall
Dan Mobley, Corporate Relations Director, Diageo
Kamran Mallick, CEO, Disability Rights UK
Liam Cowell, UK Managing Partner, DLA Piper UK
Sir Nigel Knowles, Group CEO, DWF
Emmanuelle Spriet, CEO, E-Voyages Ltd
Steven Andrews, CEO, Earthwatch Europe
Iain Patton, CEO, EAUC – The Alliance for Sustainability Leadership in Education
Mathios Rigas, CEO, Energean Oil & Gas
Dr Stephen Martin, Chair, English Learning for Sustainability Alliance
Anya Ledwith, Founder, Eshcon Ltd
Sarah Hunter, CSR Director, Euromonitor
Jeremy Rees, CEO, ExCeL London
Steve Varley, EY UK Chairman and EY Global Vice Chair – Sustainability (elect), EY
Dr Hans-Christoph Hirt, Head of EOS, Federated Hermes
Chris Mahady, Managing Director, Findel Education Ltd
Daniel Crossley, Executive Director, Food Ethics Council
Sue Pritchard, Chief Executive, Food, Farming and Countryside Commission
Deb Leary OBE, D.Univ, FRSA, CCMI, CEO, Forensic Pathways
Amanda Powell-Smith, CEO, Forster Communications
Professor Graham Smith, Chair, Foundation for Democracy and Sustainable Development Edward Braham, Senior Partner, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP
Rosie Teasdale, Executive Director, FSC® UK
Solitaire Townsend, Co-founder, Futerra
Jo Hand, Co-founder, Giki

Professor Pamela Gillies CBE FRSE, Principal and Vice-Chancellor, Glasgow Caledonian University

Juliet Davenport OBE, CEO and Founder, Good Energy

Sarah Mitchell, Director, Heart of the City

Alison Brown, Executive Partner, West, Herbert Smith Freehills

Steve Nunn, CEO EMEA, HH Global

Noel Quinn, Chief Executive, HSBC Group

Trewin Restorick, CEO & Founder, Hubbub

Ray Sweeney, CEO, Ikkaido

Paul Polman, Co-founder & Chair, IMAGINE

Stephen Mann, Chief Executive, Institute and Faculty of Actuaries

Michael Izza, CEO, Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales

Anita Longley, Chair, Institute of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability

Peter Taylor, Director of Research, Institute of Development Studies

Adam Donnan, Chief Executive Officer, Institution of Environmental Sciences

Keith Barr, CEO, InterContinental Hotels Group

Saker Nusseibeh CBE, CEO, International at Federated Hermes

Jess McQuail, Director, Just Fair

Barry Fisher, Chief Executive, Keep Scotland Beautiful

Matthew Sparkes, Co-chair, Legal Sustainability Alliance

Caroline May, Co-chair, Legal Sustainability Alliance

Neil Heslop, Chief Executive, Leonard Cheshire Disability

Estelle Levin-Nally, Founder & CEO, Levin Sources

Charlie Jacobs, Senior Partner and Chairman, Linklaters

David Connor, Founder, Liverpool 2030hub

Alastair Marsh, CEO, Lloyd’s Register

Cllr James Jamieson, Chairman, Local Government Association

Sir Richard Leese CBE, Chair of the Local Government Association’s City Regions Board,

Local Government Association

John Pearce, CEO, Made in Britain

Didier Boudy, CEO, Mademoiselle Desserts

Tony Burdon, CEO, Make My Money Matter

Chris Harrop OBE, Group Sustainability Director, Marshalls plc

James Libson, Managing Partner, Mishcon de Reya LLP

Mike Haigh, Executive Chair, Mott MacDonald

Pat Black, Chair, National Alliance of Women’s Organisations

Alison Rose, Chief Executive, NatWest Group

Sarah Welsh, CEO of Retail, N Brown Group

Christopher R. Jackson, President & CEO, NEC Europe Ltd.

Steve Butterworth, CEO, Neighbourly

Stefano Agostini, Chief Executive Officer, Nestle UK & Ireland

Bernadette Sexton, Chief Executive Officer, Oxford Policy Management

Panos Kakoullis, CEO-Elect, PA Consulting

Dan Jarman, Executive Director, Pact Global (UK) CIO

Charlotte Österman, Partner & Director of Sustainable Development, Pax Tecum Global Consultancy

John Fallon, CEO, Pearson

Jack M Broadley MA, Founder and Business Owner, Pelorus Consulting

Richard Foley, Senior Partner, Pinsent Masons

Richard Curtis CBE, SDG Advocate, screenwriter, producer, director and Co-Founder,

Project Everyone

Dr Márcia Balisciano, Global Head of Corporate Responsibility and Chair, RELX and UN Global Compact Network UK

Iris Van der Veken, Executive Director, Responsible

Jewellery Council Catarina Tully, Managing Director,

School of International Futures (SOIF) Peter Harrison, Group Chief Executive, Schroders plc

Keith Anderson, CEO, Scottish Power

Brian Bickell, CEO, Shaftesbury plc

Sinead Lynch, Country Chair UK, Shell UK

Jeff Twentyman, Head of Sustainability, Slaughter and May

Lucy Findlay MBE, Managing Director, Social Enterprise Mark

Ben Carpenter, Chief Executive, Social Value UK

Alistair Phillips-Davies, Chief Executive, SSE plc

Sara Williams, Chief Executive Officer, Staffordshire Chambers of Commerce Keith Skeoch, Chief Executive Officer, Standard Life Aberdeen

John Scanlon, CEO, SUEZ Recycling and Recovery UK
Nichola Hughes, Director, Sustainable NI

David Kassler, Global CEO, Tag Worldwide Group Ltd

Nick Hampton, Chief Executive Officer, Tate & Lyle PLC

Alex Cresswell, Chief Executive and Chairman, Thales UK

Christopher Davis, International Director of Sustainability, The Body Shop

Andrew Harding, Chief Executive – Management Accounting,

The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants

Dr Wanda Wyporska, Executive Director, The Equality Trust

Olivia Sibony, COO, The Hot Breakfast

Dr Darren Moorcroft, CEO, The Woodland Trust

Bevis Watts, CEO, Triodos Bank UK

Peter Anderson, Managing Partner, Troup Bywaters + Anders

Luke Wilde, Managing Partner, Founder, twenty fifty Limited

Victoria Page, Co-chair, UKSSD

Dominic White, Co-founder, UKSSD

Alan Jope, CEO, Unilever

Dr Alec Wersun, Chair, United Nations Principles for Responsible Management Education UK & Ireland Regional Chapter

Professor Joy Carter CBE DL, Vice-Chancellor, University of Winchester

Carole Parkes, Professor of Responsible Management and Leadership, University of Winchester

Angie Pankhania, Acting Executive Director, United Nations Association – UK Claire Barnett, Executive Director, UN Women UK

Kate Cawley, Founder, Veris Strategies

Matthew Moshiri, CEO, Verisk Maplecroft

Rebecca Hall, Managing Consultant Human Rights and CSR Lead, Verisk Maplecroft

Dr Robin Prince, Managing Director, Water Resources East (WRE) Ltd

Mark Read, CEO, WPP

David Symons, UK Director of Sustainability, WSP

Manjula Lee, Founder/CEO, World Wide Generation

Andrew Terry, Director of Conservation & Policy,

ZSL – Zoological Society London

This letter has been coordinated by the UK Stakeholders for Sustainable Development and the UN Global Compact Network UK

UK Stakeholders for Sustainable Development

Through collaboration and access to new insights, UKSSD brings organisations together to accelerate progress on the Sustainable Development Goals in the UK. UKSSD was launched in April 2016 and has grown to more than 1,000 network members, representing most sectors and industries in the UK, from grass-roots community organisations to multinational business.

UN Global Compact Network UK

We are a member-based organisation and official Local Network, representing UK organisations that are Participants and Signatories of the UN Global Compact. Through an extensive programme of activity, the UK Network supports its members to implement the UN Global Compact’s Ten Principles, which cover human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption, and to advance the Sustainable Development Goals.

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The Best & Most Beautiful Hiking Adventures In McCormick, SC

The Best & Most Beautiful Hiking Adventures In McCormick, SC

Few towns in the nation boast access to as many beautiful state parks as McCormick. The town is a paradise for hikers and anyone else interested in the Great Outdoors. So, grab your shoes for hiking and prepare yourself for some fantastic hiking adventures. McCormick is within easy reach of Augusta in Georgia and South Carolina’s capital, Columbia. 

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Baker Creek State Park The closest park to McCormick is Baker Creek State Park, which lays adjacent to Lake Thurmond and right next to the Monticello neighbourhood of Savannah Lakes Village.

The park features 3 excellent trails where you can explore the forest and watch out for wild turkeys, waterfowl, snakes, and deer. Baker Creek State Park is also a great place to access the 71,100 acres of Lake Thurmond for fishing and kayaking adventures.  Mountain Bike Trail

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The longest trail is accessed beside the kiosk near the park office. It is suitable for both hiking and mountain biking. This trail incorporates 10 miles of dirt trails that form 2 connecting loops.

You’ll pass through mature pine and oak woodland and walk alongside Baker Creek. Keep your eyes open for an especially large poplar that is said to be the biggest in South Carolina.

The loops are arranged in such a way that you can choose between a longer or a shorter hike. So, if you’re visiting the park with your family and young kids, you can select the smaller loop.

Walking Trail

This short 0.7-mile trail is popular for sightseeing.

At first, the trail descends into a hardwood forest near Lake Thurmond. Later, the trail ascends into a pine forest and offers panoramic lake views.

Wild Mint Nature Trail

This short 0.8-mile trail is especially popular for families with small children and nature lovers. Bikes are not allowed on this trail, and the pine-needle-coated track offers an easy path if a little steep at times.

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The trail features scenic views of the woods and passage through a dense pine forest. You may meet snakes, birds and other woodland critters.

Elijah Clark State Park

This park is situated on the western shore of Lake Thurmond, which is just over the state line in Georgia. A highlight of the park is a replica of Elijah Clark’s log cabin furnished as it would have been circa 1780. Clark was a frontiersman and hero of the Revolutionary War. Hikers can benefit from the mature pine and hardwood forest and 2 clearly marked trails.

3-Mile Trail

This trail is signposted from the gravel parking lot beside the mini-golf course. It leads you down through an area of new pines and then into more mature woodland. The main feature of this hike is its spectacular views across Lake Thurmond.

Hannah Clark Nature Trail

This is an easy, short trail for family groups. As it’s only a 0.8-mile return hike, this is ideal for young children. The path is an out-and-back trail that leads to a picnic shelter and features a variety of plants and local wildlife along the way.

Hickory Knob State Resort Park

On the eastern shore of Lake Thurmond, Hickory Knob is a combined South Carolina golf resort and state park. The park is conveniently located close to the Savannah Lakes Village Recreation Center.

An unusual historic feature inside Hickory Knob State Resort Park is a double-pen log house with an exterior stone chimney built by Andre Guillebeau in 1764. The Guillebeau House was moved from its original location in New Bordeaux to its current position inside the park in 1983.

Turkey Ridge Loop Trail

This is a short but challenging trail that offers hikers the opportunity to see snakes, squirrels, birds, and other wildlife in their natural habitat. The 1.7-mile trail twists and turns through mature hardwood and pine forest. You’ll have to scale steep hill and ford streams to complete the route.

Beaver Run Trail

This 2.5-mile out-and-back trail provides fantastic views across the lake. The path is relatively rough, with rocks, roots, sinkholes, ditches, and streams. Under the shade of oaks and pines, watch out for birds and snakes.

Lakeview Loop Trail

This is a fantastic 7.2-mile loop trail for hikers who prefer more of a challenge. The dirt path is especially rugged with steep slopes, close trees, rocks, and roots.

Nature lovers will appreciate the variety of trees here, with open grassy inlets, hardwood and cedar ridges, lofty pine stands, and young oak woodlands. Take along your camera to snap stunning pics of deer, snakes, birds, and other wildlife.

During the summer, the quiet sandy coves along the lakeshore are great places to access Lake Thurmond for a cooling swim. Alternatively, ascend to the highest points along the trail for breathtaking lake vistas.

Augusta

Augusta is internationally famous for hosting the Masters Golf Tournament in spring. It is also a fantastic location for riverside and canal bank trails.

The Augusta Canal National Heritage Area

There are 9 hiking trails within the heritage area, including the River Levee Trail, the Mill Village Trail, the Towpath and the Headgate Loop. All are connected in some way with the history of the Augusta Canal and the Savannah River.

Savannah Rapids Park

Within this park, you can take your kids on the short Savannah Rapids Loop Trail and then let them blow off more stream in the adjacent playpark.

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