Finally, spring is here again, and for me it is always the nicest part of the year. Migrating birds are returning to Europe, birds are singing everywhere while preparing to give birth to the next generation, trees and flowers are painting the landscapes in beautiful colours. I am sure everybody enjoys spring every year. But would it be the same without singing birds and blossoming flowers? Sadly lots of evidence out there is showing that we are still losing biodiversity while the effects of climate change are more visible every day. As part of the International Year of Biodiversity, spring 2010 is somehow special for all the people who care for biodiversity and nature.
Therefore I am really glad that EU leaders are ahead of the world and, despite the missed 2010 target, were able to adopt a new biodiversity target for 2020. It represents a crucial milestone towards an ambitious global biodiversity target which is politically important for all who are trying to rescue our planet. However, in spite of the importance we attach to the need to preserve our nature, it seems that we all are more detached from it in relation to our ancestors. Why is this? Try to think about it the next time you will hear a nice bird song, enjoy a colourful spring flower or watch the endless flight of a bumblebee in your garden. Connect to nature and find out why it is so important for you to protect it.
In this issue of our newsletter you will learn more about BirdLife’s contribution to the conservation of nature and I hope you’ll get inspired and will join us in speaking up for our living planet. It really deserves it!
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