Bristol once again showed its love of the environment this weekend at the Festival of Nature. Now in its 15th year, it is a firm family favourite within Bristol's festival calendar. The event offered plenty of activities to engage people of all generations, especially the young. Participants included the likes of the BBC, the universities of Bristol, Bath, Southampton and the West of England, Avon Wildlife Trust, the RSPB, The Wildfowl and Wetland Trust, Tree Aid, Bristol Zoo and The Woodland Trust so it was only fitting that Greenpeace was represented by the Bristol group.
Our stall was in the Green Forum tent along with a wonderful collection of other organisations. We were campaigning on two fronts with two current petitions. Those passing by were more than keen to put their name to the campaign to end ocean plastics. We spoke to a group of young people from New Zealand who were shocked at the amount of pointless plastic they encountered when supermarket shopping in the UK. A bit more explanation was needed to highlight why we were advocating that the Antarctic's Weddell Sea be designated as a marine sanctuary. Our penguin masks and cardboard cut-out penguins provided a fun photo opportunity for families.
Needless to say that we were kept busy throughout the warm weekend and amassed an amazing 427 signatures for our causes. The event allowed us to engage with many existing Greenpeace supporters and hopefully will encourage others to follow our group on Greenwire and our other social media outlets. It was certainly refreshing to see the curiosity of the younger generation and hear about their actions to protect the environment. If their enthusiasm is representative of the voices and activists of tomorrow then there is more hope for the health of our planet.
Big thanks go to the wonderful volunteers who gave their time and enthusiasm to run the stall over the weekend. The team included Carol, Doug, Fi, John F, Jon, Julianna, Kate, Katrina Lorna, Loz, Richard B, Richard L and Rose. Pictures below were supplied by Carol, Loz, RichB and Katrina.
Everyone felt it was a tremendously worthwhile festival to attend and created a very positive image for the organisation and encouraged great support for our campaigns. We look forward to the pleasure of attending next year.