Wildlife TV presenter and conservationist Chris Packham has created a short Christmas film called Stand for the Trees with musician Annie Lennox and Dame Emma Thompson.
Following an 8-year-old boy into Jones Hill Wood, the inspiration behind Roald Dahl’s Fantastic Mr Fox, we see HS2 workers felling trees, leaving destruction in their wake.
The boy is moved by the sight and selects a robin ornament from his Christmas tree at home to place on one of the woodland trees, a sentimental gesture that inspires his neighbours to do the same.
Their collective action of honouring nature and uniting for a cause they believe in is a compelling watch.
The message is clear – HS2 is an environmental disaster, especially in light of the climate emergency we are facing. If we permit this project to proceed as planned, we’ll be losing 108 ancient woodlands. Along with the rich biodiversity the woodlands support.
‘The project is in no uncertain terms an environmental disaster across many parts of that spectrum,’ said Chris Packham. ‘Please don’t think that we are saying we don’t want significant investment in different means of transport – we do. But this isn’t it.’
Annie Lennox said:
‘I’m honoured to support this campaign with my song Why, which is the question we must all ask ourselves in a time of climate and ecological emergency.
Why do we continue to destroy nature… our precious life support system? Ancient woodlands have stood for hundreds of years and evolved to support whole eco-systems of their own.
Destroying these irreplaceable trees is equivalent to demolishing National Trust properties to make way for shopping malls. That’s why I’m standing for the trees.’
Dame Emma Thompson said:
‘HS2 is and has always been an overpriced white elephant.
Ours is one of the most nature depleted countries in the world, so when we create new train lines they must avoid irreplaceable ancient woodlands. Nothing else makes sense. It’s time to stand for the trees.’
This campaign is supported by leading environmental organisations like Client Earth, Friends of the Earth, Greenpeace, The Ramblers, RSPB, The Wildlife Trusts, The Woodland Trust, WWF and Extinction Rebellion.
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