Community action

Community action is where people come together on a specific project to benefit the locality where they live. Why community action is important for the environment Environmental action can occur at different levels:  Individual – what each of us can do in our everyday lives; consuming less, swapping to renewable energy, cutting down on food …

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Seagrass

What is seagrass? If you have never heard of them, you are probably not alone. Seagrasses are flowering plants living in shallow waters along the coastline. Their bright green leaves form large, dense meadows under the sea. Among the 60-odd species, there are two species in the UK – dwarf eelgrass and eelgrass. It seems …

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Electric cars

Why choose an electric car? The evidence is clear on greenhouse gases from fossil fuels being the dominant contributor to climate change, and we have to reduce these emissions.  The car sector has the second-biggest carbon footprint, after heating homes, in the UK (see this WWF report). If all cars in the UK became electric …

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Green pensions

Why are pensions important? As outlined by Holly McElhone in her podcast episode, there are about £2.6 trillion invested in UK pensions.  That’s a lot of money!  This money can be invested in a myriad of organisations covering sectors such as food, IT services and housebuilding, or less desirably, tobacco, firearms and fossil fuels.  If …

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Mammals in decline

What is a mammal? Mammals, which includes us (and your furry pets), are vertebrate animals (with backbones) characterised by: Young nourished with milk from their mothers. Having hair (in whales, this only occurs in the foetal stage). A lower jaw hinged directly to the skull. The inclusion of 3 bones in their ears for transmitting …

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Rewilding

What is rewilding? Rewilding is the restoration of ecosystems by implementing interventions to the point at which nature can take care of itself. Richard Bunting presents a comprehensive picture of rewilding in his podcast episode. What is the difference between conservation and rewilding? Conservation is the protection and preservation of natural landscapes, ecosystems and species.  …

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