What is Sheffield without nature? Why everyone in the city should get on board with nature emergency call

What is Sheffield without nature? It’s not The Outdoor City.

Thursday, 20th May 2021, 7:00 am
Sheffield has too much to lose when it comes to nature

It’s not where people come for university and stay forever because of its green space – or, as is currently happening, relocate from London to.

And, as we all know after the last year, life without the freedom and beauty of nature outside can be pretty grim indeed.

Today the Sheffield Telegraph stands with an alliance of climate concerned groups to call for everyone in the city to declare a nature emergency tomorrow.

You can do this in many ways, even just sending a tweet with the hashtag #NatureSheffield or filling in the form on pages 8&9 will make a difference.

This call for city-wide action also includes challenging the city council to tackle issues highlighted in their State of Nature Report. And it has been made at a very appropriate time.

Yesterday weeks of uncertainty were brought to an end when the new leadership of Sheffield Council was revealed.

Labour, who lost their majority at the local elections, leaving the authority under no overall control, will now rule with Green councillors for the first time. Three Green councillors will also be in the new ‘executive’ or cabinet.

So this is a new era for Sheffield in many different ways, and should hopefully bring a new focus on environmental issues in the city. There are plenty of them waiting to be looked at.

Whatever your political persuasion, the issue of the climate crisis is simply too big to ignore.

On a global scale it can be overwhelming to think about, especially as it affects our children’s very existence. I don’t want my daughter to grow up with empty oceans – but what can I do?

So we must concentrate on what we can do as individuals and as a city because we have too much to lose right here in Sheffield.