Beautiful weeds

Beautiful weeds

I have been reading a book called Silent Spring. Published in 1962 by US scientist Rachel Carson, it inspired the modern environmental movement and sparked environmental protection laws across the world.   Carson wrote that “the beauty of the living world I was trying...
Ecosystem restoration

Ecosystem restoration

It’s world environment day on June 5th, and to mark it, the United Nations Environment Programme is launching a decade of action on ecosystem restoration. Ecosystems support all life on Earth. The healthier our ecosystems are, the healthier the planet – and its...
Feeling positive

Feeling positive

The clocks have gone forward, and we can all feel the benefits of more daylight. Our vulnerable members of society have been vaccinated against Covid-19, and this month – finally – we can meet up with friends and family again. I don’ t know if it’s because spring is...
COP26

COP26

In November, the UK hosts COP26, a summit of the 197 countries that are part of the UN’s climate treaty. Governments and negotiators will discuss how to prevent the climate crisis from causing even worse catastrophes than we’re already seeing across the world....
Sitting in nature

Sitting in nature

In a recent podcast, David Attenborough said that in the past half-century we have been given the mechanisms of poisoning and destroying nature beyond the powers of any human previously on Earth. We use this power to take what we want from nature without a care....
Hope for the future

Hope for the future

It’s no exaggeration to say that 2020 was a terrible year, and I fervently hope that in 2021 we’ll turn the tide on coronavirus and be able to live freely again. We’re by no means out of the woods, but I believe there are many reasons to be optimistic, on top of the...