Thirsk FoE was only set up towards the end of 2019, so we were just getting going when the pandemic hit us. On the Nature front, we've put up bird boxes in the woods along Whitelass Beck and Cod Beck, set up a litter-picking group and done several group litter picks and removed masses of Himalayan balsam. We're currently working on wildflower meadow projects in Centenary Field and Carr's Field. Hoping to run ecotours, bioblitzes, moth and bat evenings, hedgehog highways .... Your ideas welcome!
Of course, we're involved in campaigning on national and global issues, too - first and foremost, the climate emergency. To maximise our impact we'll be working with other organisations such as Thirsk Town Council's new climate committee and Zero Carbon Yorkshire.
So far, over two-thirds (277) of the UK’s 408 principal authorities (county, unitary, metropolitan, district and London boroughs) have declared a climate emergency, committing them to take urgent action to reduce their carbon emissions at a local level.
See https://www.climateemergency.uk/. Let's see if we can persuade Hambleton DC and North Yorkshire CC (NYCC) to follow their example. Any keen climate campaigners out there? Worth noting that NYCC have formally adopted an aspiration to reach zero-carbon by 2030.
Have another idea? We'd love to hear from you: firstname.lastname@example.org. Click here to see more of the ideas we've received so far.