A group of UK celebrities is starring in a new film trailer of The Wind in the Willows to “put nature into recovery” and push conservation efforts which could rescue suffering species of plants and animals.
Sir David Attenborough, Stephen Fry, Catherine Tait, Alison Steadman and Asim Chaudhry appear as Badger, Ratty, Mole and Toad in the clip created for The Wildlife Trusts’ campaign Wilder Future.
The trailer shows the much-loved characters from the children’s classic facing 21st century threats like road traffic, pollution and destroyed habitats.
Stephanie Hilborne, CEO of The Wildlife Trusts, said: “We are a nation of nature-lovers, yet we live in one of the most nature-depleted countries in the world. If we want to put nature into recovery we have to create a mass movement of people calling for change.”
The Wildlife Trusts lobby for strong environmental laws and work to reverse the wildlife declines of recent decades, emphasising that there is currently no legislation in place to help nature recover.
Sir David Attenborough, President Emeritus of The Wildlife Trusts and narrator of the trailer, said: “We have damaged our rivers, built too many roads and lost too many ponds and meadows. All of this has happened because our systems and laws that should be keeping nature healthy are failing, and we are losing touch with wildlife.