Ok, so you are aware of how important the State of Nature is and are ready to help create a Twitter Storm this evening, 29th May 2021, between 7pm-9pm GMT. Welcome to the team and thank you for your passion and commitment to the cause.

Please start the event at 7pm by tweeting:

Please join the #StateofNature Twitter Storm NOW using this tweet sheet: http://www.team4nature.co.uk/blog/campaigns/42-stateofnature-twitter-storm-tweet-sheet Together we can show how important nature is to the British people!

Here is the tweet sheet for tonight's event:

1. Why is Nature so important to human beings? Here are 201 reasons given by Team4Nature's wonderful followers and supporters! http://www.team4nature.co.uk/blog/campaigns/31-why-is-nature-so-important-to-human-beings #StateofNature

2. We are part of nature and it gives us so much. This is why the #StateofNature is so important to us all! https://news.mongabay.com/2011/04/what-does-nature-give-us-a-special-earth-day-article/

3. Do YOU know how nature is good for our health and happiness? http://www.bbc.co.uk/earth/story/20160420-how-nature-is-good-for-our-health-and-happiness #StateofNature

4. Welcome to the world of EcoPsychology! Find out how spending 2 hours each week immersed in nature benefits your health - and it's free!! https://e360.yale.edu/features/ecopsychology-how-immersion-in-nature-benefits-your-health #StateofNature

5. Have you got your head around the positive effects of Nature on your mental wellbeing? https://positivepsychology.com/positive-effects-of-nature/ #StateofNature

6. Here are four reasons why restoring nature is the most important endeavour of our time https://theconversation.com/four-reasons-why-restoring-nature-is-the-most-important-endeavour-of-our-time-147365 #StateofNature

7. Even way back in 2014 we could find 10 reasons why we needed more contact with (the rest of) nature: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/feb/13/10-reasons-why-we-need-more-contact-with-nature #StateofNature

8. Are YOU curious to find out how nature benefited the nation's wellbeing during the coronavirus restrictions? https://findingnature.org.uk/2021/05/27/nature-during-the-corona-pandemic/ #StateofNature

9. The #StateofNature is important because nature conservation improves the quality of people's lives and also generates significant benefits for local economies https://bit.ly/3vD4hNu

10. Have YOU had your daily dose of nature? Report finds that prescribing it is excellent value for money! https://www.wildlifetrusts.org/news/new-report-reveals-prescribing-nature #StateofNature

11. Have YOU experienced the healing power of Nature? RT if you have :) https://time.com/4405827/the-healing-power-of-nature/ #StateofNature

12. If you have started exploring the #StateofNature hashtag then you will know how important nature is to the British people and will want to sign & RT this petition https://e-activist.com/page/76784/petition/1?ea.tracking.id=WCL

13. Why is the #StateofNature important to YOU? Please reply and share using the hashtag :)

14. Why has the #StateofNature been important to you during the coronavirus pandemic? Please reply and share using the hashtag

15. Governments have said that they will protect nature before.... and then failed abysmally! RT if YOU want legally binding commitments, without loopholes, to protect Nature! https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2020/sep/14/lost-decade-for-nature-as-uk-fails-on-17-of-20-un-biodiversity-targets-aoe #StateofNature

16. The UK is a world leader when it comes to destroying nature! https://www.nhm.ac.uk/discover/news/2020/september/uk-has-led-the-world-in-destroying-the-natural-environment.html #StateofNature

17. #StateofNature Fact 1: On the way to extinction! UK hedgehog populations fell by 96% between 1950 & 1995. What was left by the millennium has fallen by a third in towns and 50% in the countryside! https://www.hedgehogstreet.org/about-hedgehogs/how-many-hedgehogs-are-left/

18. #StateofNature Fact 2: The Turtle Dove; hurtling towards extinction in the UK with a 98% decline between 1967 and 2016! https://www.ecowatch.com/turtle-dove-conservation-uk-2648443652.html

19. #StateofNature Fact 3: Silent Britain! We have lost 19 million pairs of breeding birds since the late 1960's! https://www.bto.org/sites/default/files/publications/state-of-uk-birds-2020-report.pdf

20. #StateofNature Fact 4: Nothing to be proud of! The UK has lost over 40 million birds in the last 50 years! https://www.rspb.org.uk/about-the-rspb/about-us/media-centre/press-releases/let-nature-sing-wales/

21. #StateofNature Fact 5: A little bit of bread and no...... Yellowhammer! We have lost half of these iconic farmland birds (three quarters of a million!) in the last 25 years https://bit.ly/34qohXE

22. #StateofNature Fact 6: The UK is losing its natural beauty with 76% of our butterfly species in decline! https://butterfly-conservation.org/butterflies/the-state-of-britains-butterflies

23. #StateofNature Fact 7: Death by 1,000 cuts as studies suggest an 80% decline in insect populations in just 20 years! https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/may/28/count-bug-splats-on-cars-to-study-insect-decline-uk-drivers-urged

24. #StateofNature Fact 8: Royal Botanic Gardens report estimates that 40% of plant species are threatened with extinction https://www.nhm.ac.uk/discover/news/2020/september/two-in-five-plants-are-threatened-with-extinction.html

25. #StateofNature Fact 9: What a state! Only 7% of British native woodland is in good condition! https://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/state-of-uk-woods-and-trees/

26. #StateofNature Fact 10: All 13 British Amphibian & Reptile species are in decline, but there is still time to save them https://www.arc-trust.org/news/still-time-to-save-britains-amphibians-and-reptiles

27. RT if YOU want British bees, beautiful flowers, birds, butterflies and the rest of our biodiversity to recover and thrive! Add your voice to the #StateofNature movement by signing this UK petition: https://e-activist.com/page/76784/petition/1?ea.tracking.id=WCL

28. Please help create a Twitter Storm NOW by tweeting why the #StateofNature is important to you, using the hashtag and by sharing this tweet. Tweet sheet: http://www.team4nature.co.uk/blog/campaigns/42-stateofnature-twitter-storm-tweet-sheet Thank you :)

29. Raising the #StateofNature Army 1. Are you or any of your friends and family members of the National Trust? #EveryoneNeedsNature so please all SIGN & RT their petition: https://e-activist.com/page/76784/petition/1?ea.tracking.id=NT. Please RT to find more of their members :)

30. Raising the #StateofNature Army 2. Greenpeace have had a massive win against the world's most polluting companies. If all their UK members sign this petition there will another result for the British people: https://e-activist.com/page/76784/petition/1?locale=en-GB. Please RT to find them :)

31. Raising the #StateofNature Army 3. Happy 50th Anniversary to Friends of the Earth. If all of their members sign this petition, there will be another victory won for the British people: https://e-activist.com/page/76784/petition/1?ea.tracking.id=WILDJUSTICE. Please RT to reach them :)

32. Raising the Army 4. There are 8 million members of the 60 organisations that are part of the #StateofNature campaign. Please RT to find them; https://www.wcl.org.uk/state-of-nature-campaign.asp

33. Please create your own tweet that tells us why the #StateofNature is important to you. Remember to use the hashtag and please share this tweet so that more people get involved in the conversation. Thank you :)

34. Here is why the British people need to keep on signing and sharing the #StateofNature petition: https://www.devonwildlifetrust.org/blog/harry-barton/why-secretary-state-george-eustace-plans-are-not-enough Please share widely to keep the momentum going

35. #StateofNature Action 1. Stop using pesticides, insecticides, slug pellets and other chemicals. Use natural alternatives: https://www.permaculture.co.uk/readers-solutions/diy-natural-insecticides. Control “pests and diseases” organically: https://www.gardenorganic.org.uk/pests-and-diseases

36. #StateofNature Action 2. Create a wildlife pond (https://freshwaterhabitats.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/Creating-Garden-Ponds-for-Wildlife.pdf). Even small areas can include a mini-pond: https://www.rspb.org.uk/get-involved/activities/give-nature-a-home-in-your-garden/garden-activities/createaminipond/

37. #StateofNature Action 3. allow areas to rewild (https://bluecampaignhub.com/), providing shelter for insects & other wildlife, and give more of your lawn over to native plants (https://plantlife.love-wildflowers.org.uk/wildflower_garden) and trees (https://shop.woodlandtrust.org.uk/tree-mixes-and-packs).

38. #StateofNature Action 4. Write to your MP telling them why nature is important to you and your loved ones and ask them to help create legally binding laws, without loopholes that restore British Nature

39. #StateofNature Action 5. Sign petitions that protect nature and sites of importance to British wildlife. They really do work and demonstrate how much we all care!

40. #StateofNature Action 6. Do not use artificial grass. It adds to the ecological crisis and increases the risk of local flooding: https://bit.ly/2qL9mqz

41. #StateofNature Action 7. Install a bug hotel: https://bit.ly/363uN69

42. #StateofNature Action 8. Plant native trees and hedges (https://shop.woodlandtrust.org.uk/tree-mixes-and-packs) and let your hedges flower and fruit. Allow nature to make the most of this food source by cutting back in late winter

43. #StateofNature Action 9. Leave a hole in your garden boundaries big enough to allow wildlife, such as hedgehogs, that need large territories to roam freely: https://www.rspb.org.uk/get-involved/activities/give-nature-a-home-in-your-garden/garden-activities/createnaturehighwaysandbyways/

44. #StateofNature Action 10. Install a hedgehog house (https://www.wildlifetrusts.org/actions/how-build-hedgehog-home) and support your local reputable hedgehog rescue centres - they are mostly unfunded and run solely by volunteers!

45. #StateofNature Action 11. Adapt your property so that bats (https://www.bats.org.uk/our-work/buildings-planning-and-development/bat-boxes), birds (https://www.bristolswifts.co.uk/swift-nest-box-design/) and other wildlife (https://www.rspb.org.uk/get-involved/activities/give-nature-a-home-in-your-garden/garden-activities/buildabeebandb/) have a home there too

46. #StateofNature Action 12. Create a wild corner of your garden with a log pile (https://www.wildlifetrusts.org/actions/how-make-log-shelter), brash & leaf litter for insects, amphibians & Reptiles (https://www.arguk.org/info-advice/wildlife-gardening/245-dragons-in-your-garden-arc/file), hedgehogs (https://www.hedgehogstreet.org/about-hedgehogs/where-do-they-live/) & other wildlife (http://team4nature.co.uk/get-involved/the-power-of-gardening)

47. #StateofNature Action 13. Grow plants for butterfly (https://www.ukbutterflies.co.uk/foodplants.php) and moth (https://butterfly-conservation.org/sites/default/files/moth-foodplant.pdf) caterpillars

48. #StateofNature Action 14. Join your local greenspace (https://natfedparks.org.uk/members/) or bluespace group to help look after local parks, reserves and waterways. If there isn’t one then gather friends and family and create a group!

49. #StateofNature Action 15. Become a citizen scientist by recording local wildlife: http://team4nature.co.uk/get-involved/record-wildlife

50. #StateofNature Action 16. Keep Britain Tidy! https://www.keepbritaintidy.org/

51. #StateofNature Action 17. Write to your local council and ask them to stop mowing grass verges, except where there are genuine visibility or other health & safety issues (https://plantlife.love-wildflowers.org.uk/roadvergecampaign) and also to let areas of grass grow longer for a couple of months in local parks

52. #StateofNature Action 18. Contact councillors & MPs, asking them to protect nature for the health & wellbeing of the people. Ask them to build on sites of low value to nature, utilise empty properties & ensure developments include homes for wildlife

53. #StateofNature Action 19. Contact your local farmers & ask them to work with your local nature (by, for example, leaving hedges to provide food and shelter into late winter, before cutting) & ask them to join the Nature Friendly Farmers Network: https://www.nffn.org.uk/

54. #StateofNature Action 20. Always vote in local and general elections and vote for the candidate that has a track record of looking after people and planet and standing up to “business as usual”

55. #StateofNature Action 21. Join the campaign for a wilder future by supporting a Nature Recovery Network: https://www.wildlifetrusts.org/nature-recovery-network

56. #StateofNature Action 22. Support local businesses that care about your community and its Nature. You will be strengthening your local economy by doing so!

57. #StateofNature Action 23. Switch your money to ethical banks: https://www.ethicalconsumer.org/money-finance/shopping-guide/current-accounts

58. #StateofNature Action 24. Use your voice! Talk to family & friends about the power of nature (http://team4nature.co.uk/nature/the-power-of-nature) & state of nature (https://nbn.org.uk/stateofnature2019/reports/). Share the knowledge that you have gained from this Twitter Storm

59. #StateofNature Action 25. People will only protect what they care about, so sharing your passion & the wonders of nature with others will certainly help to mobilise them. Lead your children, family and friends out into nature for their happiness, health, learning & wellbeing

60. Please! Use all your power and passion to get as many signatures on the #StateofNature petition as possible. Let's send out a strong message to those in power that we DO NOT want to live in one of the most nature-depleted countries on earth! https://e-activist.com/page/76784/petition/1?ea.tracking.id=WCL

Thank you so much for taking part in this event. You will have helped create a big conversation on Twitter, regarding the State of Nature, which in turn will help create a better world for all!

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