Here are a few New Year resolutions for you to consider. You can pick and choose or ignore them altogether!
Be proud of the fact that you love wildlife – it’s everyone else who is odd – and talk to people on buses, in queues, in the pub etc about wildlife. YOU can be a recruiter of more wildlife enthusiasts.
Get informed about the issues about which you care – pick one or two to start with – and make up your own mind about things. Nature conservation isn’t straightforward and your approach to it depends on your core values.
Speak out, use social media, go on a march or demonstration – become an agent for change.
Support the wildlife NGOs – donate and give to a cause YOU believe in.
Get involved with a wildlife network YOU care about. People are the agents of change. I recently joined the IWT Dublin Branch Comittee
Take Mark Boyle's advice. Wildlife is a victim of violence and persecution due to intensification of farming demands. YOU have power.
if you read one book this year read Mark Boyle's Drinking Molatov Cocktails with Ghandi.
Reduce your carbon footprint
Write to your TD once a month to keep her/him on their toes
Happy New Year, Wild Ones!
Do something different this year. Accept the mundane. Sit with sadness. Go outside even though it’s cold. Look the cashier in the eye and smile – for real. Notice the flash of a bird’s wings in flight – and notice how it sounds flying overhead. Put the television in the basement closet. Leave your phone at home. Grow some veg
Desmond Tutu summed it well when he said, 'Do your little bit of good where you are; it’s those little bits of good together that overwhelm the world.'"
What are you going to do differently this year?
Get out and enjoy wildlife! I'm doing a big year this year!
Credit to Mark Avery for the bones of the list