Now, those placards are being replaced with vision and creativity and even better… trees! The Woodland Trust has reinvigorated the way you can make your statement for a worthy cause with a brand new campaigning tool – MyView. This simple, online gizmo gives you the freedom to take to the streets in a ‘virtual’ demonstration, using a vintage ‘fuzzy felt’ (remember that?!) -style tool, revamped for the 21st century. MyView lets you redesign the worst grot-spot in your own neighbourhood and see how trees really could transform it, creating the view that would be perfect for you – hence the name ‘MyView’.
MyViews are inspired by the actual landscape outside your window. You can ‘plant’ as many or as few trees there as you like. Why not use it to create a pollution barrier between you and that noisy road? Or bring some natural colour to your drab streets? Or design a haven for wildlife where children can learn and play?
For every tree that’s already there use MyView to add another! The UK has fewer trees than nearly every other European country; turning this around by doubling native woodland is essential if we are to continue to reap the benefits trees bring and to fight against the effects of climate change. More trees will improve all our neighbourhoods.
Once you are happy with the vision of leafy loveliness that you have designed, you can then add the reasons why you want to see it created for real, loud and proud - for example:
“Give us clean air and a place to play”, “More trees, less garbage”, “Keep Britain leafy!”, “STOP flooding, plant more trees PLEASE”
It can be this easy to take to the streets and demonstrate in 2010
Help to set the trend for tree-d places and green spaces across the UK.
We will showcase our favourite MyViews on Twitter every Monday (#MyViewMonday). But you don’t have to wait to be spotted! Why not promote your new design yourself by posting the unique URL that is created for every MyView on your Twitter page? Don’t forget to also share your MyView on your Facebook pages. You can ask your friends to ‘like’ what you want to see by posting your vision up on your page! And get them to join you by doing their own and posting it onto your wall.
Let’s get started!
Want more trees? Then let’s campaign the MyView way – stamp trees in protest onto your image and show how a lack of trees is affecting your view and exactly how your neighbourhood can be improved. Demonstrate to your Councillor how trees can create a haven to replace a hell-hole in your town or city. Take action by designing your own green space then demand it is taken seriously by your local authority.
The revolution is here, changing the way people can campaign for change. MyView time has come.