It has been great as a young person to watch how this debate came about. I've seen all the hard work that a lot of people - Mark Avery in particular - have put in to get the debate to happen. I've learnt about making petitions and about writing to my MP. I've had some responses and I've learnt how my MP at least is quite good at not quite answering the question I ask. (I asked if he thought it was fair to give money to grouse moors for a few people to have a hobby when our local hospital needs funds to provide important services for lots of people).Dissapointed in the lack of mps supporting the banning of grouse shooting.They stayed at home leaving pro hunt mps monopoly #grouseshooting pic.twitter.com/UDLTr4tw2Q— Anneka Svenska (@AnnekaSvenska) 31 October 2016
I've learnt how wildlife charities and other people have to work very hard to do studies to show what is happening to nature in our moors. I've learnt how a lot of people ignore evidence if it doesn't suit them. I've learnt a lot about how our Government works. If it's always like this I learnt that I don't like it very much, that it doesn't seem very fair..@nerdboy386 asks why are we underfunding the #NHS but subsidizing the rich to go #GrouseShooting https://t.co/bVafZcZTDF #BanGS3 pic.twitter.com/hZmRAXit0v— Greens4Animals (@Greens4Animals) 23 October 2016
We criticise youth for not being engaged, but when they are @GOVUK debates lead to reactions like this #grousedebate #GrouseShooting https://t.co/rVeIvZFa58— Steve Dudley (@stevedudley_) 1 November 2016
There are some things I don't understand though. Why do so many MP's support this hobby. It's a pretty horrible one when you just frighten birds towards a load of people waiting to shoot them. Why do we pay land owners to make the moors great for grouse but not for raptors? Why can't some moors at least be left to be more natural and wild to help Hen Harriers and other birds? Maybe they are but there can't be enough of them if we only have a few Hen Harriers managing to nest and raise young.As a young person trying to engage in politics, I feel that yesterday's disrespect for a "people's" petition was shameful.— Findlay Wilde (@WildeAboutBirds) 1 November 2016
I tried to help a little bit by writing to my MP, by tweeting about the petition like lots of other people did. I think it is amazing how much people like Mark Avery and Chris Packham have worked on this and I'd like to say a big thank you to them. I'd also like to thank Caroline Lucas and Natalie Bennett for sticking up for nature.
#GrouseShooting debate - seen by many of the MPs who spoke through the narrow view of the sights of a gun https://t.co/dO1TwZRNSp— Natalie Bennett (@natalieben) 31 October 2016
Another thing I've learnt is that you need to have a lot of energy and persistence to try and make changes happen and that I think it is more important than ever that we tell our Government and MP's how much we treasure nature and how we want them to protect it.Spoke in #grousedebate to raise impact of heather burning on climate. Tories criticise me 4 being "obsessed" with climate change. Guilty.— Caroline Lucas (@CarolineLucas) 31 October 2016
I saw what Mark was doing with the Grouse petition and I decided after the Brexit vote that I would start one asking the Government to look after nature when we leave the EU. Reading about the grouse debate has made me even more glad I did. I've got about two months left to go and I need just over 3,600 signatures to get a government response so I'm going to do my best to try and get one!
The petition is here if you want to sign it, I'd be very grateful if you did and so might our wildlife and future generations that enjoy it if we can get the message through to our Government.
Hope you enjoyed,