We’ve never been more aware of the
environmental emergency than now, thanks to the traction that has been gathered
by eco activist groups such as Extinction Rebellion and influential figures
including 17-year-old Greta Thunberg. Both on a global and a national level,
people everywhere are taking action to reduce greenhouse emissions and finding
a solution to the almighty problem our planet is facing.
Here in the UK, our total
carbon footprint has decreased by around 21 per cent since its peak in
2007. This is certainly exciting progress, however, after the UN’s
warning that we only have until 2030 until we are at the point of no
return, we need to do a lot more.
Although the crisis is
overwhelming, many UK activists and entrepreneurs are taking steps, both big
and small, to tackle it. Activism and charity should begin on your own
doorstep, and a multitude of inspiring grassroots projects have proved that
people of the UK are willing and ready to start making a difference. From
community eco-centres to advanced litter picking schemes, projects have been
set up throughout the UK in order to help local communities become
more eco-friendly. Using the Crowdfunder website, we found out which environmentally
inspired initiatives had gathered the most traction in 2019. Here are the top five
successful environmental crowdfunding projects, based on the percentage of
funds they managed to accumulate:
#savethebees to the streets — 345% of their target raised
Taking the number one place was
this project, which revolves around the hashtag #savethebees. Bees are an
irreplaceable part of our ecosystem, pollinating a third of the food we eat and
80 per cent of flowering plants. Loss of habitat, the use of toxic pesticides,
and other threats are all contributing to the global decline of bees, and we
need solutions quick! This particular project aims to equip people with the
ability to save bees every day via a ‘Bee Saviour Card’ (which is around the
same size as a business card). Each card is loaded with sugar solution cells,
perfect for rehabilitating fatigued bees whenever you see them. This project is
a brilliant example of how small steps can be made by all of us on a daily
basis to make big changes.
2. Join the fight to save
Coul Links — 225% of their target raised
The second most popular
crowdfunding eco-project is this initiative to put a stop to plans to build a
golf course on a precious area of natural beauty in East Sutherland. The
unspoilt area of wilderness is home to one of the largest colonies of Northern
Brown Argus butterfly in the UK as well as a wide range of other insects,
plants, and animals that are dependant on this natural area. Clearly, people
can see the importance of protecting indigenous plants and animals, and this is
a major priority for UK activists.
3. Blooming Wild Devon
— 150% of their target raised
Preserving and recreating areas of
natural beauty in the UK is also central to this next project. The focus this
time? Wildflower meadows — a lifeline for pollinating insects and seed-eating
birds. According to the Devon
Wildlife Trust, “a staggering 97% of flower-rich grasslands have been lost
since the 1930s.” In answer to this shocking statistic, this project endeavours
to recreate some of this beautiful grassland and create a new home for insects
and birds that are dependent on this landscape.
building a machine to remove beached plastic — 142% of their target raised
This project takes an innovative
approach to litter picking — focussing on the removal of beached plastic. The
environmental problem of plastic is a well-documented one. With the UK soon to
introduce a full ban of plastic straws, it is clear that plastic is at the
centre of the debate, and rightly so, given the danger to indigenous wildlife
and sea life. The couple behind this project have invented a machine which
removes washed up plastic in a far more effective way than litter picking by
hand — and it is set to be a gamechanger.
Paul’s Steiner School Clean Air Initiative — 132% of
their target raised
Air pollution is yet another area
that critically needs to be tackled. Again, starting small in your local area
is the best approach to this overwhelming problem. Air pollution has become a
growing concern for St Paul’s Community Group, and the school has endeavoured
to put changes in motion. The initiative aims to protect the children of the
school from any dangerous air pollution by installing air filters in the
classrooms, creating a Green Wall, and teaching their students about the
importance of this issue.
All of these amazing grassroots
projects are paving the way for an essential decade of environmental activism.
Each one proves that even the smallest efforts can make a huge difference. The
inspiring projects encourage others to start small, within local communities
and go from there. What do you think you could do to follow in their footsteps?
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