Where do we go from here?

I've now had a little time to process the results of December's elections, and move on a little beyond the shock, grief and very real fear (two of my disabled friends have explicitly stated that they don't believe they will survive another five years of austerity driven cuts) that were my immediate reactions. I shared … Continue reading Where do we go from here?

The Amazon is still burning. What can we in the UK do to help?

This year for my five year old niece's birthday I bought a lovely book by the ethnobotanist Anna Lewington, about a little boy who lives in the Amazon rainforest and the plants that form the framework of his daily life. And in the time between buying it and her birthday the fires started, and I … Continue reading The Amazon is still burning. What can we in the UK do to help?

How Greta Thunberg’s Atlantic crossing is accidentally tackling period stigma

https://youtu.be/WT8NemS6FmQ Greta Thunberg is currently crossing the Atlantic in the sailing yacht Malizia II in order to attend the UN Climate Action Summit in New York, which in addition to being an exciting adventure for her of which I am extremely envious is a CO2 neutral alternative to a flight that would have released two … Continue reading How Greta Thunberg’s Atlantic crossing is accidentally tackling period stigma

“Bamboo” mugs – not as green as we thought?

There has been a fair amount of alarm in sustainable living circles recently over an an investigation conducted into bamboo mugs by the respected German consumer testing organisation Stiftung Warentest, published here(pdf) and kindly translated into English by my father here. The report found that they were often misleadingly labelled as biodegradable when they are … Continue reading “Bamboo” mugs – not as green as we thought?

“Let them eat weeds”: Foraging is not a solution to food poverty

I love foraging for wild food, as a way of exploring new flavours, learning more about the natural world around me and deepening my connection to it. My walk to work across the university campus takes me past dandelions, nettles, ground ivy, jack-by-the-hedge, wild thyme, dead nettles, linden trees and a new discovery this summer … Continue reading “Let them eat weeds”: Foraging is not a solution to food poverty

Don’t blame the bug

A froghopper larva (Philaenus spumarius) on a stalk above its foam nest. Photograph by Elke Freese, CC0 licensed. Citizen science The University of Sussex, the Royal Horticultural Society and Forest Research have recently launched a campaign encouraging the public to record sightings of cuckoo-spit (the distinctive frothy foam created by various species of froghoppers) through … Continue reading Don’t blame the bug