Interviewed in Economic Injustice

Interviewed in Economic Injustice

“Mya-Rose Craig tells the story of how she set up Black2Nature to help give young people in visible minority ethnic communities access to nature and tackle the lack of diversity in green spaces. She also talks about the climate emergency and the need for more urgent action.”

Find their post here: https://economicinjustice.org.uk/black-to-nature/

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Panel Interview for Rob Hopkins at Transition Network

Panel Interview for Rob Hopkins at Transition Network

Panel Interview for Rob Hopkins at Transition Network
In May 2020 I did a panel interview with Rob Hoskins and Sam Lee.

It was based on ‘From What If to What Next’ which asked listeners to send in their ‘What If’ questions about the future we can create going forward from now, and then Rob found myself and Sam to discuss it, to explore what in their mind the future would be like if that thing were to come to be, what the benefits would be, and how we might get there.

The first one was “What if the birdsong were so loud it drowned out the traffic?” which I was talking about.

‘From What If to What Next’: Episode One

These we some of the reviews people wrote afterwards:
David wrote “As a bird lover, I enjoyed this podcast very much. One of the reasons why I joined XR is because I am so afraid that one day there will be no birdsong. I think that would lead me to die of a broken heart. In the beginning, I wasn’t sure about the continuous birdsong in the background, but I loved it. I didn’t distract or disturb you at all. It was beautiful. Thank you for this podcast and everything you do.”

Rodrigue wrote “Perfect podcast to take a break during this stressful era of coronavirus, and climate breakdown, and and and… This podcast does not hide from reality but glances with the most intense eyes to the not even hidden gems of it. I’m reading a lot about the climate situation, leading to an emotional roller-coaster. When I’m at the bottom, I usually take a shot of Rob’s work to restore a bit of joy and hope. So, thank you for that :)”.

Keith wrote “I very much enjoyed this podcast. I must admit that at first glance I felt there were more pressing topics to discuss. But having just listened to your panel, I realized that birdsong is a universal signal of lush ecosystems. I have had numerous discussions with friends and Neighbours about how nice it has been to have clean air and quiet streets where birdsong seems to magically have returned during this lockdown. A very poignant topic and very well-timed. Cheers!”.

Jessica wrote, “Loved it: exactly what I needed to listen to today. I closed my eyes and imagined what my town would be like if bird song drowned out the traffic and it brought a huge smile to my face. Thank you :)”.

Greta wrote “Beautiful, thank you Rob. Mya’s work engaging young BME people is so important and inspiring and Sam’s description of nightingale song and sitting around a campfire sounds so appealing right now as I stand washing dishes in a suburban flat with a view of next door’s wall! I love the line at the end, equating getting to know nature as being like growing old with a lover. Great first podcast!” are urged to ‘leave it wild’ for International Biodiversity Day – Friday 22 May 2020.

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BBC Radio 4’s Women’s Hour – a young female environmentalist

BBC Radio 4’s Women’s Hour – a young female environmentalist

BBC Radio 4’s Women’s Hour is an iconic radio programme listened to by huge numbers of women.  I recently had a friend’s mum e-mail to say that I had been mentioned on the programme as an environmentalist to watch. I am feeling so pleased and proud!

Thank you to Marianne Brown, Editor of Resurgence and Ecologist Magazine and a Twitter follower.

WomansHour-20190426-BigginHillWomenEcoHeroinesParentalAlienation.mp3

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Birdwatch Magazine – Birders Choice Awards 2019

Birdwatch Magazine – Birders Choice Awards 2019

Birdwatch Magazine’s Birder’s Choice Awards are the most prestigious in the UK.

Back in 2015 I was nominated for the Blogger of the Year Awards and came second to the high profile conservationist (and ex-senior staff at the RSPB) I was really pleased with that, especially as it was only my second year of blogging and I was still only 13 years old.

I was therefore stunned to be included in the 2019 award nominations in the Conservationist of the Year category. This is the most high profile category and was won by Chris Packham last year. This year was me with Greta Tunberg, Sir David Attenborough and George Monbiot. It was incredible to be listed with these amazing people and I was beyond excited and proud. I didn’t even know until someone tweeted me to say good luck and remind everyone that I was the only birder out of these three. I didn’t think that mattered, they had done fantastic work.

I was nominated for my diversity campaigning which was really important to me as it meant that the message had got across that this was not something that was a side issue, it was central to conservation as we would never get a sustainable planet without everyone on board.

I didn’t expect anyone to vote for me and to ask seemed rude and inappropriate, taking into account who I was up against.

1.  Conservation Hero of the Year Mya-Rose Craig known as Birdgirl, this 17-year-old activist and naturalist has been campaigning for more diversity in birding, organising nature camps for teenagers

The results came out in January 2020. I hadn’t asked anyone to vote for me but I think some of my following in Bangladesh might have voted for me. As predicted and deserved, Greta Thunberg won the Conservationist of the year category but I was done as well as Sir David  Attenborough. “There really was only going to be one winner this year. While both David Attenborough and Mya-Rose Craig put up a good fight, Greta Thunberg took the honours with more than a third of the votes”.

Thank you to everyone who voted for me. I really appreciate your support especially as I have lots of birder trolls on social media.

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The Observer Article about the need for diversity in nature writing By Stephen Moss

The Observer Article about the need for diversity in nature writing By Stephen Moss

Last month, broadcaster and author Stephen Moss interviewed me about the lack of diversity in nature writing. I also referred him to Zakiya Mackenzie a brilliant VME nature writer. This the piece that went into The Observer/The Guardian as an online article. https://www.theguardian.com/books/2019/dec/28/new-nature-writing-gender-race-climate It is really important that VME people are given the opportunity to write authentically and honestly, allowing them to have a true voice.

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