A Focus On Nature


Vision for Nature is A Focus on Nature’s 2015 campaign. We’re asking, what do young people want the natural world to look like in 2050 and how do we want to get there?

Young people and future generations will be the ones inheriting the natural world that’s shaped by today’s decisions.

We’re asking young people who care about nature to speak up and share their Vision for Nature – what do they want to see more of, how should society, the economy and nature interact, and what needs to change for us to get there?

If you want to get involved tweet your vision to @AFONature or email afonmembers@hotmail.com. We want our vision to be visual, so draw something or send us a photograph that sums up your Vision for Nature.

Write a blog and email the link to the candidates who want to be your new MP or better still write a postcard or letter to them.

Fill out our Vision for Nature survey here: http://svy.mk/1GeGCGt

Some visions we’ve already got include:

Matt W – In 2050, trees will be left standing, fish swimming and birds flying because that makes most sense for society and the economy, meaning young people are more connected to nature than any recent generation.

Matt P – Systematic integration of more, bigger, better semi-natural habitat into our cities, towns and agricultural practices and partial rewildling of areas where agriculture is less economically and ecologically viable (eg. Many of our Uplands) hus restoring ecosystem services and maintaining and recovering the biodiversity we have left.

Joe – I’d like to not just halt the decline of our natural world, and to protect those species and habitats that we are lucky enough to still live alongside. But also to positively contribute to recreating, reintroducing, resurrecting, re-wilding (what ever you want to call it) our environment and wildlife. Our cities and towns are areas where overpopulation means we can only do little things to help support wildlife, (re-wild our gardens and greenspaces), but in our countryside we can convert non-profitable and barren farmed fields and our uplands back to wildflower meadows and woodlands. And also re-plant broadleaved forests in our national parks where non-native conifers dominate. To make it become a reality we need to change the way people and politicians think, but we are all waiting and trying to halt declne. We have to start somewhere, and we have to think big!

Jen – My vision for nature is a broad realisation that conservation is all about people, not wildlife.

Naomi – A vision where nature underpins government policy and is not merely an afterthought and where ALL people feel a stronger connection to the natural world, as this connection is need for people to act as guardians for nature rather than (whether intentionally or unknowingly) degrading it.

Ben – My vision would see conservation taking place on a landscape scale with many more people interested and active in conserving the natural world. Some landscapes would be rewilded and the education system would embrace nature within the learning process.

Cat – The natural world to compliment the modern person through sustainable and green infrastructure, and to have more unmanaged places of wild, natural beauty.

Elisabeth – The health of the natural world is regarded as of equal importance to economic prosperity and social justice, and is seen as inexorably connected to the wellbeing of all people. People spend more time engaging with nature.