For those feeling overwhelmed with personal or climate grief — or for those with a deep sense of solastalgia (loss of place), time out in nature is essential
While forests could provide more than one-third of the total CO2 reductions required to keep global warming below 2°C through to 2030, mankind unbelievably continues to chop trees down at an unprecedented rate. In the relatively short period between 2001–2015, over 300 million hectares (nearly the size of India) of tree cover was lost. Such short-sighted behaviour is essentially suicidal – if we continue chopping trees as we are, we will be unable to survive.
Creativity is not in lockdown – I have a long way to go in developing my skills and style, but am grateful to lockdown for the chance to practise
‘What is the use of a house if you haven’t got a tolerable planet to put it on?’ — Henry David Thoreau As it is now a year since I began my journey as an environmental activist last October, starting with Extinction Rebellion and continuing to the fight against HS2 (the high-speed train line fromContinue reading “REFLECTIONS ON A YEAR OF ENVIRONMENTAL ACTIVISM”
The theme of this blog came to me following an inspired exchange with a friend (who happens to be a God-fearing and sensitive Muslim) about the fact most people go about in their own little bubbles, unaware of and largely unconcerned about what is going on in the world around them. The context of ourContinue reading “GOD AND BUBBLES: What God and science say about climate change, environmental catastrophe and how to be prepared”
As the global fashion industry comes under increasing scrutiny for its carbon footprint and contributions to social and ethnic injustice, is it time to give high-street fashion the boot? Increasingly these days, I discover I am not the only person – and notably, not the only woman, since most fashion advertising specifically targets us –Continue reading “Fashion sense and sensibility: getting out of the fast-fashion trap”
This Sunday, 29 December 2019, radio celebrity and naturalist Chris Packham will be joined by actress Emma Thompson, rock legend Annie Lennox and others in a ‘Stand for the Trees’ walk for wildlife to highlight our urgent need to protect Britain’s ancient woodlands and vital tree cover from being destroyed forever by HS2. Please joinContinue reading “Please help take a stand for the trees”