2017: the Year of Conservation?

Will 2017 be the Year of Conservation? Might things finally look brighter rather than bleaker for the state of earth’s nature? According to Nicholas Harvey, there are hints that 2017 could finally be a better year, with China’s banning of ivory trade and the potential mainstream movement of conservation being two positive indications. The Conservation Optimism Summit, to be held in London in April, also suggests we should look to the bright side of conservation rather than get fixated on the failures.

Let’s hope they’re right, and each do our bit to help make it be so!

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A moment of life, a glimmer of hope (image author’s own)

In the beginning

Here’s some snaps of SUN. I’ve had a bit of a shortage of sun of late. So every second of sunshine has been much appreciated.

On the one hand, rain is brilliant: it brings that much needed water for life to plants, makes rivers gush, and provides very dramatic moments in which one becomes very wet.

On the other hand, there’s nothing like a long, sunny day to brighten one’s mood. Inspire hard work, an extra long run, bring a smile to your face.

This week, I celebrate sunshine.

Day 275: Welcome the World

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Another world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing.”

 – Arundhati Roy


There’s 365 days in a year (well, kind of), there’s definitely at least 365 ways to be green (definitely). There’s easy ways, and there’s tougher ways. For some, certain approaches to being green may be easier than others. But here we go, let’s try going from being green to being greener still!

Day 250: The maps of our lives

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“Places matter. Their rules, their scale, their design include or exclude civil society, pedestrianism, equality, diversity (economic and otherwise), understanding of where water comes from and garbage goes, consumption or conservation. They map our lives.”

– Rebecca Solnit

 


There’s 365 days in a year (well, kind of), there’s definitely at least 365 ways to be green (definitely). There’s easy ways, and there’s tougher ways. For some, certain approaches to being green may be easier than others. But here we go, let’s try going from being green to being greener still!

Day 225: You make the difference

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“You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.”

– Jane Goodall


There’s 365 days in a year (well, kind of), there’s definitely at least 365 ways to be green (definitely). There’s easy ways, and there’s tougher ways. For some, certain approaches to being green may be easier than others. But here we go, let’s try going from being green to being greener still!

Day 141: Pests or Pets?

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What do you do when animals enters your house? Do you welcome them, chase them out, redesign your house so they will never come in again, give them food? Often, it depends on the animal! But Erica Fudge suggests when we name an animal is often a defining moment in our relationship with them, when, for example, a mouse can change from a pest to a quasi pet.


There’s 365 days in a year (well, kind of), there’s definitely at least 365 ways to be green (definitely). There’s easy ways, and there’s tougher ways. For some, certain approaches to being green may be easier than others. But here we go, let’s try going from being green to being greener still!