Wildlife Trust wants to hear what you think a ‘new normal’ should look like.

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Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust has launched a new survey to find out what lifestyle changes local people would choose to keep once restrictions are lifted and if there are lessons from lockdown that businesses and government should consider as they plan for recovery.

There have been some reports in recent weeks of people enjoying cleaner air, noticing bird song and recognising the importance of getting outside to help deal with the pressures of this pandemic.  Other surveys have found that only 9% of people want to return to the way things were pre-lockdown and many are calling for a ‘Green Recovery’, that better balances the needs of people and planet.

The Wildlife Trust would love to hear from people across the two counties about their hopes for the future.

Debbie Tann, Chief Executive at Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust, said: “Lockdown has forced a pause in the pace of so-called normal life and we have witnessed some signs of wildlife enjoying the space to breathe.  But let’s not kid ourselves, while nature may be enjoying a temporary respite, it’s not in recovery yet.  When this crisis is over, nature will still be in decline.  The threat to humanity from climate and ecological breakdown mustn’t be sidelined.  We need local people to tell us what they think a new normal should look like and help us to push for a better, wilder future.”   

In response to the climate and ecological emergency, Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust launched their ‘[hiwwt.org.uk/wilder-hampshire-wight]Wilder 2030’ plan at the end of last year, calling for a third of land and sea to be given for wildlife, as well as measures to reduce the pressure on nature in the wider countryside and urging many more people to take action for nature’s recovery. 

The Wildlife Trust believes that, following the very rapid and dramatic changes that have happened across the world in the past few months, governments, businesses and individuals must ensure that we ‘build back’ in a way that creates a stronger, healthier and more resilient society and economy for everyone’s sake.

To take part in this survey and share your views, visit https://www.hiwwt.org.uk/get-involved/looking-after-yourself-and-nature/after-crisis-what-happens-next    

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About Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust  

Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust strives to create a better future for wildlife and wild places in our two counties. With the support of our 25,000 members we’re taking effective action to protect our natural heritage. We’re also part of a UK‐wide partnership of 46 Wildlife Trusts; together we are the nation’s most active and influential nature conservation partnership protecting wildlife in every part of the UK. Discover wildlife on your doorstep with your Wildlife Trust by visiting www.hiwwt.org.uk