Ecocide: the fifth crime against peace

Saffia Farr talks to lawyer Polly Higgins, who asks us all to “pollinate” and leave a positive legacy for our children Polly Higgins’ proposed definition for ecocide: the extensive damage to, destruction of or loss of ecosystem(s) of a given territory, whether by human agency or by other causes, to such an extent that peaceful enjoyment […]

Wild Women: Zion Lights meets Jay Griffiths

The first things I notice about author Jay Griffiths are her gentle spirit and analytic mind, mostly because they seem like contradictory traits, but in Jay they are refreshingly complementary. There’s also a saying about how some people become authors, while others are born them, and I think that Jay falls quite clearly into the […]

Upcycled Christmas: Jessica Mason shows crafty ways to reduce waste

As an environmental educator, I have worked with children and rubbish for over 10 years. I started with classroom-based work, but I found that lecturing on what we’re doing wrong and what we should be doing can get boring both for the students and for me. The waste and resource-use situation in our world can […]

Environmentally Aware Parenting: Eco ways to stay warm this winter

The dark evenings have now set in and the nights are cooler. The temptation is to crank up the heating and hibernate in hot baths and under blankets – which is understandable, of course, but what’s it doing to the environment? The good news is that there are plenty of things you can do around […]

Environmentally aware parenting: Compost for the Planet

Let’s talk about composting. First of all, what is it? Composting is the active breakdown of foods and other materials through an organic, natural process that creates a valuable resource, which you can demonstrate to your children (and others) at home by getting two identical plants and potting one into garden soil and the other […]