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Biodiversity Workshop – Raising Public Awareness through eNGO Partnerships
The alarming rate and scale of biodiversity loss is no secret. Or at least it shouldn’t be. Yet human activity continues to be a driving force in the destruction of the natural world. People have to be part of the solution and we need to engage those people in these issues to create a culture for positive change.
So what can we do differently? As Hong Kong embarks on its first Biodiversity Strategic Action Plan, we need to rethink how we talk about the variety of life on earth, the threats to it, and the consequences of its loss. We must not assume that we are projecting our messages into an empty space, but work with, rather than against, the existing stories that people hear and tell about the natural world and our relationship with it.
Drawing on examples of public engagement work and original audience research in the UK, Civic Exchange and Tai Tam Tuk Foundation Limited co-hosted an interactive workshop to explore some principles for reframing biodiversity issues in the public perception and practical methods for communicating these issues.
Date: 23 July 2015 (Thursday)
Time: 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Veune: Civic Exchange office
References and further information:
- Engaging People with Biodiversity Issues – Open resource based on research by Simon Christmas et al. 2013: www.engageinbiodiversity.co.uk
RSPB Giving Nature a Home: www.rspb.org.uk;
TV advertisement 1: https://youtu.be/1I2RNu6aGBc
TV advertisement 2: https://youtu.be/O2J9ea6Zj5M
Festival of Nature: www.festivalofnature.org.uk;
Celebrating 10 years video: https://youtu.be/g96sY1vsYV0
BioBlitz website: www.bioblitzuk.org.uk;
Bioblitz at Cambridge University video: https://youtu.be/LilZbRc6BjA
- Downloadable resources to run a Bioblitz event: http://www.bnhc.org.uk/bioblitz/free-downloadable-resources/
CITIZEN SCIENCE OUTPUTS
- State of Nature Report: www.rspb.org.uk/stateofnature
CITIZEN SCIENCE PROJECTS
- The list: http://www.bnhc.org.uk/bioblitz-type/wildlife-surveys/
- Bird Track: http://blx1.bto.org/birdtrack/main/data-home.jsp
- Big Butterfly Count: http://www.bigbutterflycount.org/
Orchid Observers: http://www.orchidobservers.org/ ;
- Project Splatter: http://projectsplatter.co.uk/
- My Wild City: http://www.avonwildlifetrust.org.uk/mywildcity
Freshwater Watch: https://freshwaterwatch.thewaterhub.org/ ;
Mr. Matt Postles is a Programmes Manager at Bristol Natural History Consortium (BNHC), a Bristol-based but nationally active UK charity engaging people with the natural world through collaborative action. BNHC is a charitable collaboration between Avon Wildlife Trust, BBC Natural History Unit, Bristol City Council, Bristol Zoo Gardens, Defra, Environment Agency, National Trust, Natural England, RSPB, University of Bristol, University of the West of England, Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust and Wildscreen.
BNHC ran its first BioBlitz event in 2009 at Ashton Court in Bristol and have since been working with partners across the UK to promote and develop the concept, coordinating the National BioBlitz Network. Matt took over the lead of the BioBlitz strand at BNHC in 2011 and has been involved in running and supporting several events as well as raising the public profile of BioBlitz nationally.