If you watched the Prime Ministerial broadcast on Saturday evening, like me you may have breathed a large sigh when the fresh lockdown was announced. This has been a tough year and the thought of returning to tighter restrictions is wearying for us as individuals and worrying for businesses, who were seeking to recover from the first lockdown. When however you look at the reasons for the decision, based on the rapid spread of the virus, rise in the number of deaths and expert predictions of the impact if we continue to live the way we have recently, the need for these measures is obvious and I am supportive of them. In truth they should probably have been implemented sooner, but these are difficult decisions to make as the evidence upon which they are based changes quickly.
A few weeks ago, I mentioned the 25th Anniversary of the International Children’s Conference. This event, which was staged in Eastbourne was led by my late colleague Maurice Skilton, together with Michael and Kitty Ann who were then the owners of Drusillas. In many ways this event was ahead of its time as it recognised the environmental challenges which face our planet and brought together young people from around the world to discuss the measures required for sustainability. In celebration of the anniversary of this event and recognition of the town’s Environmental programme, Lord Ralph Lucas and his wife Antonia, supported by the Council, have organised a programme of environmental events running from the 9th to the 20th November. Michael and Kitty return to share their memories of the conference, as do a number of the young people who participated and are now in their mid to late 30s. Others taking part include: Sir Tim Smit (founder of the Eden Project), Dr William Bird (from Beat the Street) and Baroness Floella Benjamin. These events are on-line so can take place despite the lockdown. Details can be found at: www.crowdcast.io/makingnaturalhistory so why not take a look and join in?