Share the Joy of Nature during Heritage Week 2017: 19 – 27th Aug
The National Heritage Council and are making 2017 the year we help more people learn about and enjoy Ireland’s nature. From urban wildlife tours to foraging walks to building bee hotels, Heritage Week 2017 is all about being active, having fun and getting involved with our natural heritage.
Mountaineering Ireland is delighted to highlight the theme for Heritage Week 2017 (19-27th August) which is Nature and People. We are making 2017 the year we help more people learn about and enjoy Ireland’s nature. If you can, try to incorporate the theme into your event. We are encouraging clubs and members to use this as an occasion to share the delights of Ireland’s hills, coast and countryside with others. It’s a great opportunity to bring people of any age outdoors and help them start, or renew, a relationship with nature.
Why not take a walk, pause and listen for the sounds of nature. Get down close to look at the detail in a wildflower, or watch an insect probing for nectar. You don’t need to know the names of flowers or butterflies to point out their beauty. Also by getting people out touching, smelling and tasting nature you can give them a sense of the life that’s in the outdoors.
Nature supports human life, by providing us with food, pollinating many of our crops, providing us with building materials. Nature also recycles much of our waste and filters our water. Biodiversity underpins our economy, and our health and well-being.
In recent decades, human impacts on biodiversity have accelerated enormously. This has resulted in increased damage to habitats, loss of species, and degradation of our air, water and soils. We need to respect and protect Ireland’s natural environment. That can start with helping people to connect with nature and understand how vital it is to human well-being.
Finally the Heritage Week website has 100 different ideas for events to engage people with nature. Browse the list and make your plan today.
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