The word 'habitat' usually triggers images of wildlife havens - or the lack of them....but the United Nations designated the first Monday in October as World Habitat Day in 1985 to prompt us to reflect on the state of our towns and cities and the basic right of all to adequate shelter. It was also intended to remind the world of its collective responsibility for the future of the human habitat. This year's theme is 'Housing for All' because as the UN states, "Housing is the building block of people’s health, dignity, safety, well-being and inclusion."
During the pandemic we in Herefordshire have had much to be grateful for - most of us have had easy access to uncrowded housing with good sanitary conditions and wide green spaces with abundant fresh air where we can feel secure and at peace.
However the message of World Habitat Day is still relevant to us; while being aware of those in other areas less fortunate than ourselves, we need to continue to fight for local housing that meets the needs of all, old and young, rich and poor, large and small units, without making compromises on sustainability which would destroy our environmental health. Perhaps you could consider your own locality - does it meet the needs of all? - and take a step towards improving it?