It is part of a nation-wide effort, led by The Climate Coalition, to encourage people to show how much they care about climate change and want to see a shift to clean, secure energy within a generation.
“So, with Valentine’s Day coming up, the Show The Love campaign is looking for people to share and celebrate the places that are special to them. For the RSPB, our reserves are all special places, so it is fitting for us to be hosting events and activities to welcome everyone to these wonderful places.”
RSPB Dove Stone, on the edges of Greater Manchester, will be hosting a range of activities in support of the campaign, which visitors will be able to join in with. There will also be a number of activities taking place around the region. For more details, visit fortheloveof.org.uk/map-of-events.
Show The Love is an annual campaign - now in its third year - organised by The Climate Coalition of over 100 charities including WWF-UK, Oxfam, The National Trust, The Women’s Institute and RSPB. At the heart of this year’s campaign sits ‘Love Song’, a three minute film made by Ridley Scott Associates, featuring Charles Dance, Miranda Richardson, Elbow and the Lewisham & Greenwich NHS Choir.
Beth Tegg, Show The Love Project Director, said: “Our changing climate is already making its mark on our landscape and our lives, but it’s not too late to protect them. We can have clean and secure energy within a generation if enough of us show we care. We hope people make, wear and share green hearts this February to show their love for the things we could lose and want to protect from climate change for our children and theirs.”
To launch the initiative The Climate Coalition has also published ‘Weather warning’, a report highlighting how a host of much-loved habitats, iconic landmarks and everyday places in Britain are already beingimpacted by the effects of a changing climate. From our gardens to the local pub, from the village cricket pitch and coastal paths to nearby woodlands - too many special places are bearing the brunt of extreme weathers scientifically linked to climate change.
The Mark Addy, an iconic riverside pub in Salford, has featured in the national report. The pub was flooded during a period of heavy rainfall, consistent with extreme weather events linked to climate change, on Boxing Day 2015 after the River Irwell broke its banks. Due to the extensive damage caused by the flood, the Salford pub remains closed.
Piers Forster, director of the Priestley International Centre for Climate, said: “We know that climate change is making extreme weather more extreme and the impact of that can be clearly seen across Greater Manchester. In this report we used cutting edge science to understand how our changing climate is already affecting our weather patterns and indeed our day-to-day lives.”
For more information, to watch the film and read the report visit: www.showthelove.org.uk.