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Book Review: A Friend to Nature

There are many books that encourage children to take a deeper interest in the natural world around them. I was delighted to receive a particularly wonderful one through the post recently: 'A Friend to Nature: Activities and Inspiration to Connect with the Wild World' by Laura Knowles and Rebecca Gibbon. A Friend to Nature is …

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What I’ve learnt from Plastic Free July

Every day, I'm horrified by the amount of plastic I throw in the bin. Since plastic was invented in the 60's, the world has produced over eight billion tonnes of the stuff. Around half of it is single-use plastic, such as drinking straws, drinks bottles, takeaway coffee cups and lids, food wrappers and other packaging. …

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Some thoughts on FI, parenting & the planet

Becoming a parent seems like a counterintuitive thing to do if you are concerned about the future of life on Earth and/or trying to save your pennies to reach financial independence (FI). Having children inevitably means bringing new consumers into the world who are going to eat up its finite resources and contribute towards climate …

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How to re-wild childhood through storytelling

I'm very pleased to introduce the first ever guest blog post on Little Wild Tales. It is written by Jenny Bailey, author and co-founder of Tales from Mother Earth, a collective of five friends who seek to communicate conservation messages to children through the realms of storytelling and music. Here, Jenny explores a topic that …

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Why I have chosen to follow a vegan diet

Credit: Jo-Anne McArthur, We Animals Media Sometime in October 2020, I did something I thought I could never do: I became a vegan. As an environmental writer, I'm constantly hearing about the impact of meat and other animal products on the planet. For years I tried to turn a blind eye, thinking that being veggie, …

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How and why I learnt the names of my street trees during lockdown

My first ever blog post was all about trees. In early 2016 I wrote a list of tree-themed aspirations for the year ahead, including planting a tree, climbing a tree, getting better at identifying trees and learning the names of the trees on my street. It has taken me four years to tick off that …

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Eco-friendly ideas to save money this Christmas

Christmas is going to be a little different for most of us this year. The recent Covid-19 lockdowns have given many of us a chance to think about how we can save money, reduce waste and be more intentional with our spending. Now that the festive season is upon us, I thought I'd put together …

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National Tree Week 2020: Celebrating Wangari Maathai

It's the little things people do that will make the difference; my little thing is planting treesWangari Maathai, Nobel Peace Laureate 2004 Wangari Maathai, credit: Martin Rowe Kenyan activist, environmentalist, and 2004 Nobel Peace Laureate, Wangari Maathai, would have been eighty years old this year. Although she lived many thousands of miles away, her legacy …

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