Environmental Poster Competition 2020-21
How we Spoil our Beaches and our Countryside
The Impact of litter on our Food Sources
The new Lionistic year sees DO Judith Goodchild continuing as Environmental Projects Officer as part of my role as Global Services Co-Ordinator. Hopefully this website will contain the latest information on projects and competitions. The Environment is an enormous subject and covers so many aspects but Lions are concerned with the Natural Environment.
The Environment has been part of Lions International policy since October 1972 when it was stated that "Lions Clubs International, recognising the profound impact of man's activity on the inter-relations of all components of the natural environment, declares that it is the continuing policy of Lions Clubs International to foster and promote the general welfare; to help create and maintain conditions under which man and nature can exist in productive harmony and fulfil the social, economic and other requirements of present and future generations of mankind".
However, many Lions do not immediately think of the Environment as being part of their Lions service, but unless we look after our own communities' environments, and encourage others in the wider world to do the same, our successors will have a much poorer place to live in.
My job is, among other things, to:-
• Motivate clubs to undertake hands-on environmental service projects such as community clean-ups, recycling, and tree planting throughout the year
• Inform clubs about available activity planning resources, including the Lions Green Team kit
• Encourage clubs to participate in the "Protecting Our Environment" global service action campaign during the month of April and/or plan activities in celebration of Earth Day (April 22) and UN Environment Day (June 5).
• Promote club/district participation in the Lions Environmental Photo Contest and the Environmental Poster Competition
• Encourage Lions to consider the environmental effects of their personal and club actions
• Apprise Lions of any imminent environmental crisis within the district
I will be posting information here about these concerns as and when necessary.
Following on from 2011-12 tree planting remains a very important project especially in Africa and India
RE-FORESTATION IN INDIA/AFRICA
105D has its own project -Trees for Communities. This was started by Woolmer Forest Lions and taken on as a District project in January 2014. Please see The Trees for Communities Page
There is also a District project in 105NE. Jonathan Wild of the United Carbon Bank gave a very interesting talk on this subject in Birmingham at the 2012 MD Convention. Clubs can also donate to this if they so wish.
"Conservation of the Bee Family" is the main project to be supported through the MD this year. The idea is to address the problem of the alarming decline in Bee numbers (across the species). One of the main problems for bees is the dwindling sources of suitable food flowers and 'mono crop' cultivation which flowers for a limited time, which, when flowering is over, leaves the bees without a viable food source. The increasing use of Silage for animal feed also plays a part in the reduction of available flower food sources. The bee family are essential to the pollination of many of our food producing crops.
How can we help? The sowing and planting of Bee friendly flowers, both wild and cultivated, will significantly assist in this problem. The "traditional hay meadows" were once a very good source. Such a project could involve Club members direct by approaching Farmers, schools, and other Establishments with gardens, Municipal gardens as well as including them in their own gardens. Yateley and District Lions have given out small packets of bee friendly flower seeds at their events. Zone 2C Clubs are supporting a scheme at Larkrise Community Farm. The aim is to establish an apiary based teaching unit "The Lions Apiary" with up to 8 bee hives to teach students the basics of bee husbandry, hive inspection and hive maintenance, honey collection, extraction and purification. The apiary once established should be self supporting with an estimated production of 200-300 lbs of honey each year valued at £800-£1,200. Students will be able to watch the beekeeper from an outbuilding but suits and equipment will be made available to those who want to get more closely involved. The cost of hives ranges from £215 to £300 for one effectively ready for bees.
Other suspected reasons for the decline in bee populations are certain insecticides and herbicides and this is at present being actively researched to come up with a solution, as is a virus which is suspected of killing off both Bees and their Pupae, again this is being actively researched. Information will be forthcoming at a later date from the MD Environmental Officer.
Energy consumption climate change
We can all do our bit towards this and can encourage others to reduce their "carbon footprint".
This is what a lot of Lions associate with the environment campaign and it is indeed an important part of the programme. No one likes to see rubbish scattered about their local town or village. Education is what is needed to remove this bugbear but in the mean time we can help clear up. Loddon Valley Lions have helped their local community by helping to pick up rubbish once a year. Not only is this good for the community but it brings Lions to the forefront of the community.
For more information go to the LCI Website and click on Our Work and then Community and Environmental Programs
Probably the most effective campaign to become part of is the BIG TIDY UP organised by the Keep Britain Tidy Campaign. Register with them and they will provide all the tabards and litter sacks, etc., for an event in your area. Give it a try and let people know about Lions getting involved in protecting and improving our environment.
In Environmental and Community Activities little things do mean a lot because, by working together, we can have a positive effect on our environment and communities.
With thanks to my predecessor Lion Reg Norton for providing some of the material
Judith Goodchild 105SC GLOBAL SERVICES CO-ORDINATOR 2019-20