There is a lone oak tree on a hillside not far from my home. Its many branches are twisted with age, and there’s a notch in its thick trunk where some small creature has made a nest. At its base lie a few mossy stones, a bit of weathered deadwood, and a twisted tangle of brambles.
Happily enough, there’s also a small patch of grass that’s free of prickly plants, along with a flat, bare stone just large enough for a certain violet-haired visitor to sit upon whenever she comes to visit this loveliest of trees. (Spoiler alert: It’s me!)
Graphic by Iliana Galvez, via EarthDay.org
Earth Day 2020 is upon us – and although this year’s 50th anniversary celebration has had to move predominantly online due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, there are still a plethora of ways that we can demonstrate love for our unique, shared world.
First celebrated in 1970, Earth Day is an annual event which seeks to promote advocacy, volunteering, and citizen science in support of the global environment by way of education and activities focusing on issues such as climate change, the loss of biodiversity, and the rise of pollutants. This year, Earth Day organizers have shifted emphasis towards digital mobilizations.
So – with many of us staying home and keeping local to help protect our frontline medical professionals and to save lives, what things can we do to celebrate our amazing planet?
Here are 7 suggestions. Read More
No Monday Mindfulness this week unfortunately, as I’ve been a bit poorly on account of a cold and didn’t quite manage to get around to it yesterday… However, that doesn’t mean that there won’t be any posts on Cathedral Grove this week!
Recently, The Guardian released a short video about natural climate solutions which featured prominent environmental activists Greta Thunberg and George Monbiot. It’s just about everywhere around the internet at the moment, but if you haven’t seen it already, I’ve shared it here as well. At just under 4 minutes in duration, it’s a short piece which is worth a watch if you’re at all interested in environmental issues and possible solutions.
Inspired by the ideas being presented by a variety of similarly concerned individuals and organizations, I thought I’d compile a short list of fairly simple actions you can take right now to help make your home that much more eco-friendly. There are more things we can do, of course – but consider this brief list a bit of a launching pad. Any hints and tips you use at home, either ones included in or missed off the list here? Please share them with us all by commenting below!
Did you know that May 22nd is the International Day for Biological Diversity, and that according to the United Nations 2011-2020 is the Decade on Biodiversity? Until a short while ago, I certainly didn’t!
Inspired by this newly stumbled upon information, I’ve done a bit of research and come up with several actions that we as concerned individuals can take to help protect this amazing planet’s diversity and abundance of life. There are of course many other positive habits that we can adopt as well, so if you feel inspired to do more after reading this post, then please do act! And, as ever, please feel free to share your ideas in the comments below.
It may be winter but before we know it the ground will start to thaw, folks will be back out in their gardens, and bees and other pollinators will make an appearance once again. If like me you’re a big fan of these little flower-friends, you may have wondered how best to make your garden, flower boxes, or community allotment into a more bee-friendly habitat.
Let’s get right to it, shall we? Without further ado, here are a few easy ways you can help our planet’s precious pollinators. Read More
Plastic is everywhere in modern times, seemingly unavoidable. From fresh produce to children’s toys to magazines, almost everything comes wrapped in it. It’s in our beauty products as tiny beads meant to ‘exfoliate,’ it thinly coats paper receipts and lines shiny wrapping paper, and it even makes an appearance as microscopic fibers in synthetic clothing.
Humanity has produced over 9.2 billion tons of plastic since it began heavily manufacturing the material post-World War II. A staggering 6.9 billion tons of that has become waste, with the majority of it never making it to a recycling facility. Most plastics don’t breakdown very easily, with some plastics taking as long as 450 years to decompose. So those billions of tons of plastic waste are going to be around for a long time, making their way into the oceans and eventually entering the food chain.
Certainly, we as a species need to come up with some large-scale solutions to our plastic pollution problem. But what can you and I do in everyday life to help make things better? Below, find 18 small but impactful changes you can make in your everyday life to help decrease global plastic use.
Of course, the purpose of this list is not to make any one among us feel guilty for things not being done (I’m certainly not one to point fingers, as I can only put a check mark besides perhaps half of these habits as of present…), but rather to inspire and to get us all to be a touch more mindful of our choices.
Stay tuned for more on this topic in the near future. In the meantime, read on – and feel free to share your own tips for living a more environmentally-friendly life in the comments below.
Did you know that it is currently National Tree Week here in the UK? I didn’t, until just recently!
Started in 1975 by The Tree Council following an outbreak of Dutch Elm disease which led to nationwide replanting, National Tree Week strives to raise awareness among people about the benefits and needs of trees, as well as encourages communities to positively impact their local landscape by planting and protecting trees.
As a related aside, if you live in the UK and are interested in supporting woodland preservation and the restoration of ancient woodland then I’d urge you to check out The Woodland Trust. I’ve been a member for a few years now, and I think they do great work around the country.
Taking a leaf from National Tree Week’s book, here now are a few facts worth knowing about trees and forests.