Why should we care?

I like to travel. It has probably been my most enjoyable pastime. Ever since I can remember, I was always wanting to escape from my house or school and explore the world. I started small of course, exploring the woods at the back of my house, building tree houses and pretending to be an adventurer. Gradually, as the wanderlust continued to grow, my trips become more adventurous and moved farther afield.

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The Litter Bug – Polluting our Planet

By Patrick Rogers, Aged 13

Second in our series of school children guest bloggers is Patrick Rogers from All Hallows High School, close to Preston in the United Kingdom. After reading Patrick’s blog you get the impression that he is pretty upset with the disregard humans are showing the Earth. All this littering and polluting is taking its toil! It is great to hear such passion from someone so young and I hope he continues his fight for a better planet in the future!

Please feel free to leave comments below, about Patrick’s blog or some of the solutions you think will help prevent litter from polluting our planet.

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Beach Clean – El Nido, Palawan and Hainan Island

Recently, we have been lucky enough to go exploring. First to Sanya, on the tropical Island of Hainan, located off the South coast of the China. Then, to a small town called El Nino in Palawan, Philippines. These islands, a little over 1000 km’s from each other, are both nestled in the South China sea. Even, though they share a lot of similarities, there are some very different attitudes about plastic pollution.

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52 Ways to Reduce Your Eco Footprint – 18. The Green House, Green Living

When you create a sustainable house for green living, you are creating a house that is healthy, light and inviting. A sustainable house should compliment the environment and utilise the many free gifts available.

Below are some of the best tips and guidelines available,  for creating a house that is safer and more sustainable.

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52 Ways to Reduce Your Environmental Footprint – 17. Food Waste

We live in confusing times!

Food resources are stretched to the limit and for the ethical consumer, how to make sustainable, healthy and practical choices? There is so much to consider – animal welfare, food waste, human welfare, land erosion, unsustainable practices, deforestation and so on.

How can we make sense of it all? And how can we help?

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52 Ways to Reduce Your Environmental Footprint – 16. Water Conservation

Climate change and the natural variability of water’s distribution and occurrence are natural driving forces that, when combined with the pressures from economic growth and major population change, make global water conservation a challenge.

A lot of people believe that the majority of water we use comes out of our tap. What we use at home represents only a small fraction of the water we use every day.

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52 Ways to Reduce Your Environmental Footprint – 15. Coffee Pods, an Environmental Problem

Single-use coffee pods have become a status symbol around the world. The reality is, that coffee has now become part of the global environmental disaster that is our disposable economy. There are now billions of the sleek aluminium and plastic capsules ending up in landfill every year. There has to be a better way!

Maybe even something that George Clooney would approve of?

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Visit to Taipei Incinerator – The Solution to Waste Management?

Did you ever wonder where your garbage really ends up, or what happens to it?

Unless you are a devotee of Zero Waste lifestyle, then, like me you will find that there is always some trash that needs disposing of.

I live in Taiwan, whose inhabitants are considered to be excellent at recycling. In fact, Taiwan has one of the highest recycling rates in the world. Does this mean they have one of the lowest waste problems in the world? And what happens to all their waste? With my curiosity piqued we decided to make an appointment at the waste incinerator facility in Mu-Zha, Taipei and find out.

There were a lot of questions to ask and we ended up receiving some very surprising answers!

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52 Ways to Reduce Your Environmental Footprint – 13. Bokashi – A New Mindset

OK, so maybe Bokashi isn’t actually a secret organisation of martial artists working to protect our world.

It may actually be more important.

Bokashi is actually an ancient Japanese method, converting food and organic wastes into a potent natural fertiliser. Whilst similar in nature to composting, there are a few subtle differences which we can run through in this article. more “52 Ways to Reduce Your Environmental Footprint – 13. Bokashi – A New Mindset”

2016 Year in Review and the Plastic Island

Maybe 2016 will be remembered as the year of ‘The Trump’ and the global rise of the “Alt Right” political movement. Perhaps this is a predictable response by people ignored for generations by the political and wealthy elites and threatened by global expansion and global catastrophes. Or maybe people will remember the seemingly high numbers of famous people who passed. Luminaries such as Prince and Bowie, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Leonard Cohen and Harper Lee, Alan Rickman, Gene Wilder, George Micheal, Mohammed Ali and most recently Carrie Fisher.  Perhaps though, their spirits were buoyed by the ratification of the Paris Agreement. This landmark agreement is designed to hold the world to task. From it, we hope to create a strategy to mitigate the worst effects of global warming with a challenge to limit the rise to under 2 degs C.

For me though, it was something else that resonated. Something so profound, I know it will stick with me for the rest of my life.

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A Return to Earth – Our Natural Environment

Written by Annie Hsiao-Wen Wang

As an abstract painter, I draw ideas from a wide range of resources; ranging from music, poetry, performance, to various other forms of creativity. But there are some sources of inspiration that may be surprising to people who are not familiar with how a painter works: regular meditation retreats; yoga sessions; the texture of a worn, hundred-year-old door that is in desperate need of restoration; or the iridescent glint of the fluttering wing of a butterfly.  more “A Return to Earth – Our Natural Environment”