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Lincolnshire Environmental Awards are now open for entries

A monthly column by Rachel Shaw of Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust:

Our natural world is in critical condition. It’s evident from the bush fires that raged in Australia to record-breaking flood incidents across the UK.

Even if we haven’t been directly affected, it’s easy to slip into feelings of despair. As the climate crisis takes hold, so does climate anxiety. Feelings of hopelessness in the face of volatile weather conditions, despair at the stories of animals threatened with extinction.

Community gardening by Paul Harris. 2020VISION. (29544651)
Community gardening by Paul Harris. 2020VISION. (29544651)

We need strong legislation to protect and heal the environment. We need innovation and sound engineering to find solutions and more sustainable ways of working. We need to take those seemingly small actions that together build into something bigger. And we need to share the positive stories of those actions.

The Lincolnshire Environmental Awards illustrates what can be achieved. This annual award scheme brings together communities, businesses and schools to celebrate their achievements. It’s inspiring to discover what people have been doing to help protect and improve the environment for all of us. And we want to hear from you.

You may not feel that you have done anything exciting or particularly imaginative but we know there are schools growing their own organic vegetables, businesses reducing waste, community groups planting wildflowers for bees, farmers integrating conservation with practical farming.

Entering the awards can be a thoroughly worthwhile and enjoyable experience that can inspire others and help us all make better plans for the future.

Hopefully, some of you reading this will consider entering. The initial entry for the awards is just a 200-300 word description of what you’ve been doing via www.lincsenvironmentalawards.org.uk by March 30, 2020.

We’re looking forward to receiving and reading through the entries. They are usually packed with exciting ideas and every year brings new and different ideas.

The annual awards scheme is very much the result of different organisations working together. It’s organised by the Rotary Club of Lindum, Lincoln and the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust and wouldn’t be possible without the generous support of our sponsors: Lincolnshire Co-op, Streets Chartered Accountants, Maher Millard Construction Ltd and FCC Environment.

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