We are delighted that popular naturalist and broadcaster Chris Packham has joined us as a Patron. TV presenter, conservationist and photographer has been a wildlife enthusiast since he was a small boy. Chris has become a well-known champion for wildlife, fronting TV shows, The Really Wild Show and BBC Springwatch and Autumnwatch. During September 2018 Chris activated The People’s Walk for Wildlife which took place for the first time in London this autumn.
Passionate about finding a better way for us all to take action to protect our wildlife and the wider environment, Chris is a wonderful advocate to have on board and encourage others to help make a difference.
Chris has spoken in depth about his concerns regarding industrial scale farming and its impact on the natural world with CEO of Compassion in World Farming – Philip Lymbery. You can read the blog and listen to their podcast here.
There's an old expression ‘you are what you eat’. I think we need to change it to ‘what you eat says who you are’ because now each and every one of our diets needs a critical rethink,
said Chris, on becoming our Patron.
From our health perspective, from the point of animal welfare, to the impact farming has on wildlife and to the way that our food choices shape the environment of the entire planet. Thinking about eating no, less or better quality meat or dairy needs to be on our agenda. As does a better understanding of the way modern farming practices are shaping our world and how we can work together with farmers to improve these for everything and everyone's benefit. Young people in particular need to re-connect to the nature of food and learn the true cost of its production and food labelling, so we can make informed choices must be significantly improved. All this is why I am pleased to be a Patron for CIWF, a body calling for reforms based on science, best practice and compassion.