Hi <<First Name>>
How do you keep hopeful about the future? I must admit to struggling some days. With the devastating Australian bushfires starting the New Year, climate change is no longer something to worry about in the future. It's here and now and has suddenly got very real (and just as predicted). It's hard not to get overwhelmed. The thing that has helped me the most in recent days is the amazing participants in this year's Art of Birding 2020 Wildlife & Nature photography challenge.
The first challenge of the year started with the concept of tūrangawaewae - each participant showed us where they feel most connected to the natural world and what they hold dearest. From snow-covered Canada, to parched Australia, to lush NZ bush, and so many other special places. Follow along on our Facebook group or Instagram feed and see amazing heartfelt images from all around the world. My photo was of the Zealandia valley on what looks like a serene misty day - but no - that's smoke and haze from the bushfires over 2000km away.
Even if you're not doing the challenge, I encourage you to do is to use your social networks to show people who care about you what you care about in the world, what is precious, and why it's worth giving a damn. A multitude of positive ripples moves hearts and minds. And if you are intrigued by the challenge, it's not too late, just sign up and jump on in with the current week.
I'm excited to be collaborating with the Excio Photo Community to give participants the opportunity for wider exposure. Excio's motto is #PhotographyForGood, which is something I'm totally onboard with. Check out their blog on my favourite photos from the 2019 challenges.
Do reply and let me know what helps keep you hopeful about the future - I'll compile everyone's suggestions to share in a future blog/newsletter.