By Huw Morgan
Learning and Engagement Officer - Brighton
Throughout 2020, our local landscape will be coming alive with events celebrating the unique habitats and species of our natural environment as part of Nature2020.
Nature2020 events connecting people and nature will be springing up throughout the year and across The Living Coast, Brighton & Lewes Downs UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve.
Supported by Brighton & Hove City Council, a coalition of local environmental organisations has set up Nature2020 to celebrate the richness and significance of the local environment, and actively engage more people in the care and conservation of local nature.
This year marks the end of the UN Decade on Biodiversity, and is an opportunity to reflect on the state of wildlife and conservation both globally and locally. The Nature2020 programme aims to raise awareness of, and connect people to, the environment we live and work in.
Flagship events so far include:
- Brighton Festival Children’s Parade – ‘Nature’s Marvels’
- Global City Nature Challenge
- Wildflower planting in Westdene
- Youth Biodiversity Conference
- Children’s art exhibitions at ONCA and at schools in the region
- The Living Coast Biosphere conference
Sussex Wildlife Trust will be leading lots of events to help get people closer to nature. The full calendar, which is being added to on a regular basis, can be found at: www.nature2020.org.uk/whats-on Any organisation or group interested hosting their own event as part of Nature2020 is welcome to submit their details via the portal on the website (conditions apply).
“UNESCO World Biospheres are designated as global examples of sustainable development, with nature conservation, environmental engagement and education as part of their key purpose. Nature2020 is a fantastic opportunity for everyone to celebrate and learn about our world class environment of Downs, towns and coast, bringing people and nature together to inspire a positive future, today. Together we are The Living Coast.’”
– Sarah Dobson, The Living Coast Biosphere Programme Manager