Tuesday, 14 June 2016

Birdgirl's 30 Days Wild, Day 14 - for diverse communities

This month is 30 Days Wild 2016, an initiative of The Wildlife Trusts who say "This June, can you do something wild each day for a month?" 

What they are saying is that nature is everywhere, so by looking for it through your normal day, you should start to notice it and enjoy it more.

They say that they don't want you to give anything up for June, just give yourself time in the wild with your family, to reconnect with nature. 26,000 people have already signed up, but it would be great if you signed up to taking part at http://bit.ly/1WZnYKW.  

So, for my 30 Days Wild, I have decided to connect with nature each day in a different way, that could feel relevant to Black Asian Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities or People of Colour (POC) in the USA and be practical if you live in an inner city area. Things that BAME people can identify with and so might find it easier to try.  Not just young people, but BAME people of all ages.

For day fourteen, I did some foraging by collecting nettles to make nettle soup which even I think it delicious.  You can either hold them by their stalks or wear gloves.  This is a really easy BBC recipe http://bit.ly/1YpeoQN.  Or go foraging with an older person, who like my Nanu (gran) will point out lots of things growing in the wild that you can cook in the same way as spinach, for instance making pakoras.

Find out more about foraging from this Muslim Kenyan forager http://www.msitu.co.uk/

Young Birder Birdgirl Mya-Rose Craig foraging for food

Young Birder Birdgirl Mya-Rose Craig foraging for food

Young Birder Birdgirl Mya-Rose Craig foraging for food

Young Birder Birdgirl Mya-Rose Craig foraging for food

About the Writer

Young Birder Birdgirl Mya-Rose Craig on Scilly
Photograph taken by and copyright Chris Craig 

Mya-Rose Craig is a 14 year old young British Bangladesh birder, naturalist, conservationist, environmentalist, activist, writer and speaker. She is based near Bristol and writes the successful Birdgirl Blog, with posts about birding and conservation from around the world. She loved seeing Mountain Gorillas in East Africa and Penguins in Antarctica over Christmas 2015, her 7th continent.

Mya-Rose was a Bristol European Green Capital Ambassador along with Kevin McCloud, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, Tony Juniper, Simon King, Miranda Krestovnikoff and Shaun the Sheep! See the full list of Bristol Ambassadors. She has also been listed with the singer songwriter George Ezra and actress Maisie Williams from Game of Thrones as one of Bristol's most influential young people. Please like her Birdgirl Facebook Page and follow her on Birdgirl Twitter

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