Home to Nelson’s Column, the iconic stone lions, the famous Fourth Plinth… and of course a lot of pigeons… it’s only natural to think of Trafalgar Square as one of the capital’s must-see places for anyone visiting the city. More importantly it’s also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
So on a beautifully sunny morning this week it felt extremely fitting to meet in this special place along with our Ambassador Anna Friel and 70 people from all around the world to show how much we care about the future of World Heritage Sites under threat – in particular Virunga National Park in Africa.
We arrived at Trafalgar Square for a photo shoot themed around our campaign message ‘Draw the line’. The atmosphere of the event was incredible with so many supporters joining in. As Anna Friel arrived and I couldn’t help but notice her killer heels! Clearly not the same shoes she wore during her visit to Africa to see mountain gorillas and learn about Virunga National Park.
There was a lot to do throughout the morning, from the group photo shoot in the bright sunshine on the terrace, to individual portrait shots taken by photographer Jim Naughten. We even had the opportunity to do a little piece to camera on what World Heritage meant to each of us.
After lots of running around organising pictures and talking to supporters I was able to take five minutes to stand back and take it all in… it was then I was able to think “wow!”
It was really wonderful that people from so many backgrounds and cultures had taken time out of their busy day to come together for a common cause.
It was fantastic to see so many faces watching Anna Friel’s film about Virunga National Park as it played on screen and it was also really inspiring to meet Raymond Lumbuenamo – the WWF Director in the DRC – and hear what the safety of Virunga means to him.
After all this support it was amazing to hear the brilliant news on Wednesday that the immediate threat of oil exploration in Virunga National Park had been lifted.
This feels like a real triumph for everyone at the London event and all the 760,000 people who have supported our campaign. It’s thrilling to have been part of something where people power really works. Now we must continue our work to make sure that Virunga is safe for the long term – there’s loads still to do but today makes me confident we can do it.