SUSTAINABILITY

Time is running out...

I guess sustainability has always been in my blood as I have always loved the wildlife, our natural habitats and conservation. Sadly in recent years I have however despaired at many of the headlines hitting our news channels. Plastic pollution, the illegal trade in wild animals, extinction and climate change to name just a few.

As a result the buzz words in this field are now “Responsible Travel”, “Eco Tourism” and “Sustainability”.

However all of these terms mean nothing unless you are doing your bit in whatever way you can to protect our beautiful planet.

Time is running out and the question is no longer what is happening, but how bad will it be before the world starts doing enough?”

Education...

I recall being taught at school not about sustainability but about the “litter bug”. This demonstrated how you should always find a bin and dispose of your rubbish responsibly. That was in the late seventies yet today you only need to pull up at a set of traffic lights and see the discarded waste at the roadside or walk on a beach while watching out for drug needles and glass as opposed to crabs and shells.
 
Those who are doing this have no responsibility, no care for our natural habitat and they only want to sustain their own selfish needs. It makes me so very sad that society has gone this way. A healthy natural environment is fundamental to our wellbeing, prosperity and happiness so why is this happening?

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I don’t have children and its unlikely I ever will, so my passion on this subject is not because I want to preserve the planet for my kids future. Its for every single living thing on this planet that lives after me.

There are rays of hope for sustainability in places like Costa Rica where the army has been ditched in place of a nationwide focus on ecotourism. Their aim to become the first carbon neutral country in the world while at the same time teaching the kids the importance of the natural world.

As I grow this website with stories of my travels I also wish to focus on the good that people are doing to help preserve our planet. This page is for the people, the stories, the organisations and the charities that have caught my eye.

Feel free to contact me about any others that you would like me to promote however small….. as we all need to do our bit !

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Plastic Pollution

In recent years the scourge of our generation has been brought to our attention by David Attenborough’s BBC Planet Earth series.

Of course these are huge issues of a global scale but we can all do our bit. I am not sure if children are taught today about that litter bug and sustainability. I hope they are and that they remember it, like I did, for years to come.  To assist this education we need to reduce the production of these plastics and perhaps the only way to do that is to stop buying them.

Maybe next time you walk on that beach or along that pretty country lane look around you, pick up that litter – I promise you it will make you feel a sense of achievement!

 

Beach Clean

The National Trust looks after 780 miles of coastline, providing havens for wildlife and beautiful beaches for everyone to enjoy.
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Sky Ocean Rescue

Sky Ocean Rescue was launched in 2017, to make people aware of plastic pollution and to give everyone easy ways to take action, every day.
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Plastic Oceans UK

Plastic Oceans UK was established in 2009 and was the first NGO to raise awareness about the impact of plastic pollution on our ocean.
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Countryfile Litter

BBC's Countryfile report on the UK litter problem. From the verges of rural roads to mountain tops, litter is a big problem in the countryside.
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Clean Up Britain

Clean Up Britain has one main objective: to find sustainable and effective solutions to Britain’s epidemic of litter and fly-tipping.
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Illegal Wildlife Trade

This one is a tough one for me as it makes me so angry. However in life you need to temper the anger and focus on how we can address these inhumane financially motivated actions.

I read in despair about the trade in Rhino horn, pangolin, elephant tusks or big cat fur. We need to fight this trade or lose these beautiful animals forever.

We need to educate children and adults as they are doing in wonderful Costa Rica that the environment is our greatest gift.

WWF

Wildlife crime is a priority for WWF because it’s the largest direct threat to the future of many of the world’s most threatened species.
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ZSL

The Zoological Society of London has a long and rich history of conservation work and is active in over 50 countries around the world.
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Hemmersbach Rhino Force

The HRF are a direct action conservation organization protecting one of the most endangered and beautiful species on earth.
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Born Free

Working tirelessly to ensure that all wild animals, whether living in captivity or in the wild, are treated with compassion and respect.
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Tusk

For thirty years, Tusk's mission has been to support forward-thinking and successful conservation intervention through out Africa.
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Animal Welfare

Whether it is wild or domestic animals Britain has always been an animal loving nation.

Sadly there are many cases of cruelty and we often read of youths using pellet guns on domestic animals or the maiming of farm animals or the seizing of rare wild bird eggs for personal collections.

There are so many wonderful people and organisations to highlight… here are some BUT I want to hear from your favourites too.

Raystede

Raystede believe in working together to give animals a better life. They rescue, rehome and provide sanctuary to more than 2000 animals each year.
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British Wildlife Centre

The British Wildlife Centre in Surrey is home to the finest collection of native wildlife in Britain with over 40 different native species,..
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Cats Protection League

Since we were founded in 1927, we’ve helped a huge number of cats and kittens – homing over 1.5 million of them to new owners and championing the rights of countless others.
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Battersea Dogs Home

Since 1860 Battersea believe that every dog and cat deserves the best. They care for over 7,000 animals every year.
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Whitby Wildlife Sanctuary

Whitby Wildlife Sanctuary started in 2009 and has been helping and rescuing wild animals in danger or in distress
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Habitat Destruction

Whether the destruction is as a result of climate change or of the deforestation of our critically important rainforests this remains one of our planets greatest challenges.

In 2021 I will be travelling to Costa Rica to witness some of the sustainability projects underway to reverse this trend and help both the forest, the nations economy and to reverse climate change.

This is such a crucial issue and there is no simple answer but once again we can each do our bit to help and encourage people, companies and organisations to change. It’s in all our interests long term!

Rainforest Concern

Established in 1993 to protect threatened natural habitats and the indigenous people who depend on them for survival.
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WWF

The Amazon is the world’s largest rainforest and the largest river basin on the planet. More species are found here than anywhere else.
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Urangutan Foundation

Founded in 1990, a unique and diverse approach to orangutan conservation carried out by a team of dedicated Indonesian staff.
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Australian Koala Foundation

Koala populations only occur if suitable habitat is available ie the presence of eucalypts in suitable soils with adequate rainfall
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New Zealand Conservation

The NZ government run programmes to protect and restore species, places and heritage and provide opportunities for people to engage.
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