Birdsong to sing out across Wales as people call for politicians to act on climate change and the environment

18/10/2019 0 By wildfeed

Fersiwn Gymraeg ar gael yma. 

  • Following the summer’s surprise top 20 hit music track and launching a free birdsong radio app, the charity is again using birdsong to raise awareness of the decline of the UK’s bird population along with losses seen in many of the country’s most loved wildlife
  • New figures reveal that for adults in Wales addressing climate change and the environment was the second most important issue (40%) for today’s politicians
  • Concerns about the natural world have also changed significantly with more adults in Wales concerned that nature is not doing well or in crisis (60%) and less people feeling confident that UK’s nature is doing well (26%) compared to a few months ago

 On Thursday 17 October birdsong will play out at over 100 unexpected locations as RSPB Cymru joins forces with businesses and other organisations to bring the soothing sounds of nature to shoppers, office workers, commuters, tourists, politicians and more all enjoying the soothing song of nature’s best singers across Wales.

RSPB Cymru and its supporters will be playing birdsong across Wales to highlight the declines in our wildlife, as the public call on their Government to address climate change and the environment as its legacy for future generations. Famous landmarks, workspaces, big brands and popular locations will all be taking part as birdsong is heard in the Senedd, National Parks, Co-op Stores, the Wales Millennium Centre, some of the biggest Transport for Wales stations and many more small businesses and community events.

Following May’s surprise UK top 20 chart hit, Let Nature Sing, a music track of pure birdsong, the charity is hoping to once again bring birdsong back into everyone’s life as a reminder of what we all stand to lose if the crisis facing nature is not addressed.

New research from RSPB Cymru has revealed that, for adults in Wales, addressing the climate and ecological crisis is the top issue for today’s politicians. When respondents were asked to choose the top three issues, across all adults surveyed, climate change and the environment (40%) polled ahead of our future relationship with the EU (34%) as a long-term legacy issue for politicians to address, coming second just behind health (53%).

More people are waking up to the crisis facing nature. When asked how they would describe the health of nature in the UK, six out of ten (60%) adults felt nature was not doing well or in crisis, with just a quarter (26%) believing nature was doing well or thriving. Today’s stats highlighting the growing public understanding of the crisis facing nature – when asked the same question in April, almost four in ten (38%) of people were confident that nature was doing well or thriving and 56% were concerned.

Katie-jo Luxton, RSPB Cymru Director, said:

“Through Let Nature Sing we have seen how people can be inspired by nature, and that something as pure as birdsong can hammer home exactly what is at stake if we allow the declines we have seen in our natural world to continue.

“Our country is known for its spectacular landscapes and the amazing wildlife that finds a home here, and this is something we should be proud of. But, the new figures show that more and more people are recognising that something is not right. To put it simply, out natural world is in crisis and our wildlife is falling silent.

“When addressing climate change and the environment is seen as more important to our future legacy than Brexit then it is time politicians listened. Over one hundred locations will be joining us in bringing birdsong to people in Wales as we recognise what is at stake and that we want action not warm words from our Assembly Members.”

During the RSPB Cymru’s Let Nature Sing sound takeover, birdsong will be played in across Wales, and around the UK in offices and public places. And, over the weekend, Let Nature Sing will be taking over the Sŵn Festival, including the closing ‘silent disco’.

Anyone interested in finding out more about the Let Nature Sing sound takeovers, hosting their own event or how to listen for free to RSPB’s birdsong radio should visit www.rspb.org.uk/letnaturesing  

ENDS

Editor’s notes:

1. All figures, unless otherwise stated, are from YouGov Plc. The total sample size of the September survey was 4,128 adults. Fieldwork was undertaken between 20th – 24th September 2019. The total sample size of the April survey was 2,083 adults. Fieldwork was undertaken between 5th – 8th April 2019. The surveys were carried out online. The figures have been weighted and are representative of all UK adults (aged 18+).

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