No.81 - Winter - 1999/2000
||A millennium message from the Trust
The millennium offers us a good opportunity to ask
ourselves how well we are discharging the commitment to Cornwall made by our founders.
There are new pressures as the natural environment shrinks with economic growth, as the
constant threat of pollution of our glorious coastline from the sea grows, and as the
changing climate adds southern species and removes northern species from our fauna and
What, then, are the priorities
as the pressure grows?
- We must continue to search for and encourage bequests of natural environment to the care
of the Trust. It is the only certain way we can protect in perpetuity the natural
environment for our children and theirs. Parts of Cornwall important enough to be
classified as SSSIs are still being destroyed. The loss of such treasures is irreversible.
- It is sound information about the rates of loss of
Cornwall's biological heritage with which we need to confront planners and
developers. The LIFE Project GIS has performed a vital role in demonstrating the rates of
these losses. The Trust's Environmental Records Centre (ERCCIS) holds the bulk of the
available information on Cornwall's biodiversity, including a database with over a million
records of 22,000 species. We must maintain and use these unique resources to good effect
to promote our cause.
- It is the young who will inherit the Cornish environment. If we want it to be cared for
in the way we have tried, we must pass on the environmental ethic by which we have worked,
besides the Trust and its reserves. We must actively educate the young, providing them
with a knowledge and love of wildlife.
To these ends we must recognise the value of our resources and use them wisely. Highest
among the Trust's resources I value the environmental missionaries among staff and members
who are prepared to give selflessly of themselves to our cause. We must support and
encourage them in the Trust's aim to conserve the Cornish environment and its wildlife.
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