There's something about a recent study published in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior that got me thinking. Thinking big. Their research suggests that cooking skills developed as a young adult are likely to have long-term benefits for their future health, nutrition and wellbeing. But what if it isn't just their own health that learning how … Continue reading Could food education save the world?
The media is bursting with the sudden, violent hype around reducing our reliance on plastics and switching to 'eco-friendly' substitutes. But what exactly are we going to replace it with? And does that simply push our consumption issues elsewhere? More haste, less speed Companies are under huge pressure to reduce their plastic packaging and replace … Continue reading Plastics are bad. But what’s the alternative?
Like many of us, I want to lead a more ethical and sustainable lifestyle. But this aspiration is often out of reach with a perceptively high price tag hindered by a limited salary and the high cost of living. But, with much research and a nagging in my gut, I have finally taken key steps … Continue reading Sustainable fashion choices – hunting for ‘green’ labels
The recent article released by the Guardian today [21 October 2017] shares the shocking truth that our insect ecosystems are collapsing due to human pressures. This could be a catastrophe. Insects are an integral part of life on Earth The shocking article titled 'A giant insect ecosystem is collapsing due to humans. It's a catastrophe' … Continue reading Insect abundance drops 75% over 27 years
Weeds. Hate 'em or love 'em, they're everywhere. I remember moving into our first home and having my very own 'garden' to love and nurture. It had no lawn or soil, just a yard, so everything was in pots, much of it in desperate need of some TLC. The only flower blooming was my pride … Continue reading Introducing the Summer of Weeds — awkward botany
Over recent years we have seen strong evidence that suggests investing in green infrastructure can promote economic growth as well as human health and well-being, not to mention support a diverse range of plant and animal species. But as habitat loss continues to be extensive and rapid with agricultural intensification and increasing land take for housing and infrastructure development, … Continue reading Greening the Grey – making the most of our urban green spaces
Is it just me or has the 10,000 step challenge boomed in 2017? Or maybe it simply feels that way because I'm attempting said challenge myself and not one person I've talked to about it has said, 'what's that?'. Most people smile saying, 'me too!' and eagerly show me their step-tracking device. As far as I can … Continue reading Are you stepping your way into new habits?
Botany is my thing. Well, I want it to be my thing. I have found myself spending 99% of my time behind a desk rather than out in the field, leaning towards project management rather than field surveying. My exposure to plants, therefore, has been limited at best, with the knowledge I have built over … Continue reading Tackling Botany – the Identiplant Journey
Have you ever been in the company of someone that makes you feel like a better version of yourself? Where you feel truly worthy of their company like every word is absorbed and listened to whilst you drink in every last word they say too? That your common interests or opposing views are valued equally … Continue reading A better version of myself
As ecologists, many of us will be undertaking work on active construction sites and/or pre-construction phase sites. Although not a statutory requirement, you will find many contractors and construction clients insist that those people attending their sites hold the appropriate CSCS card for the work they are undertaking, particularly if not being escorted. You know you … Continue reading Booking your CSCS Test as an Ecologist