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“I think its people like Robin that make the world a better place.”

Just over a month since the 25th Anniversary Celebration at the Royal Geographical Society in London on Thursday 1st November – where has that month gone? The festive season is almost upon us!

This week we are highlighting some of brilliant talks given on the day. Some poignant, some funny, some alarming – all these talks convey the passion of those who directly or indirectly, work with the CRT to make the countryside and ultimately the planet a better place!

In this video we listen to Zac Goldsmith MP’s opening speech where he highlights how inspiring Robin Page’s passion truly is. He describes Robin Page as a ‘hero’! And it was because of this hero that inspired Zac Goldsmith to become involved with the CRT.

Mr Goldsmith also mentions quite alarming statistic that a child today is 3x mores likely to end up in hospital from falling out of bed than out of a tree! How can this be?! “We’re stripping nature of its value; we’re stripping children of their childhood.” The CRT’s education centres are more vital than ever – whilst children are on average spending 7 hours a day on a screen and NOT learning about the wonderful ecosystem the countryside, or even just their back garden has to offer!

Being one of the most controversial political upheavals in living history, of course, as an MP, Mr Goldsmith explained how “Brexit could provide us with that green dividend… how we could completely reform the way the common agricultural is organised” and the stark reality as to why it is not currently working.

“I see a hero…”

This opening speech truly portrays Zac Goldsmith’s admiration for Robin Page and how “[he] has been indescribably brave in pursuing his ambition for the CRT… because of him we have a holding bank of living, breathing, knowledge and skills. He’s shown us, not only how to reconcile farming with the natural world but why we have to absolutely do that.”

If you have 10 minutes spare, if didn’t get to go to the Royal Geographical Society, or even if you did, it’s definitely worth a watch!