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The International Day of Forests, founded in 2012, is a day set aside to celebrate forests. It also seeks to ensure their protection in the face of old and new challenges from climate change, deforestation and the commodisation of nature.

In this article, I discuss why many forests need our support and why planting a tree is now more important than ever.


Our world is made of several different biomes. Whilst this blue and green planet is dominated by oceans over 30% is still covered in forests. Forest come in all shapes in sizes with dense jungle covering much of…

The 27th National Climate Change Conference 2021 brings together leading voices on the UK’s vision for cutting carbon emissions and investing in green infrastructure. This is all about finding ways to become zero-carbon — as individuals, as a country, and as a planet. Collaboration across the UK, from the public to the private sector, can make this possible.

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As our power as humans grows so does the cost of sustaining our resource-hungry lives. The brunt of continuous consumption is felt by our planet… each year mother nature struggles to keep life in a delicate balance.

We now live in the…

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As 2021 is a landmark year for sustainable practices, with the circular economy continuing to gain traction, I thought it would be insightful to talk about why these are important to me.

Circular Processes

Firstly, what do we mean by circular processes? The Ellen MacArther Foundation is a leading voice on this innovative idea. They state that:

“a circular economy is based on the principles of designing out waste and pollution, keeping products and materials in use, and regenerating natural systems.”

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The pandemic has affected many aspects of our society with clear impacts on public health as well as compounding social and economic issues. These have become more burdensome as the virus has continued to detrimentally spread across most countries for over eight months. In this article, I draw attention to the consequences of Covid-19 on the prison system, which are stark both for inmates in the UK and across the world.

With a recent outbreak reported in Glasgow’s Barlinnie prison, the BBC has reported that “two inmates and five staff” had confirmed positive Covid-19 tests. A further 250 inmates are…

Knowledge may be power. Yet, if you are inundated with knowledge you become powerless

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In the world of LEGO every individual block can connect to another. They use “clutch power” — a discovery made by Godtfred Kirk Kristiansen in 1958. He realised the strength of a simple but effective layout, identifying that “tubes on the bottom” display a remarkable strength when “interlock(ed) with the studs on top of the other bricks”.

Treeapp volunteer photo of a forest, June 2020

“We can all learn and grow to become carbon experts”

Trees have organically supported life on this planet for over 370 million years — the estimated date of the first tree-like organism. We know that tree planting alone is only one part of the solution in the fight against climate change. That is why a primary goal of sustainable initiatives like Treeapp is to bring together a community and share ideas about building a sustainable future.

In this blog, I would like to tackle the current climate crisis from a thought-provoking angle by introducing the carbon cycle. Ultimately, I will…

“before tomorrow is too late”

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In this article, I talk exclusively about the emissions which fuel our data driven lifestyles. I will reveal the often unconsidered daily costs of running, storing and processing these online activities. This is discussed in the context of our personal carbon footprints which need to be addressed to reduce the risk associated with our current climate change trajectory. Fostering a greater awareness of the humanitarian cost of our internet usage fits within a broader ambition. We all need to achieve a significant reduction in our emissions today, before tomorrow is too late.

Carbon Heavy

When I say…

“just the tip of the iceberg of inequality experienced by Aboriginal people in Australia”

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Mining in Australia continues to disempower Indigenous people. The fact that heritage destruction still occurs in contemporary mining exposes systemic flaws in corporate policy such as the ‘social license to operate’. This is a nation whose ecosystems are still reeling from summer bushfires; fires which ‘directly affected 1 in 8 Indigenous people’ (Wahlquist — Guardian).

Following shocking reports of Rio Tinto’s decimation of a 46,000-year old Aboriginal site, questions still need to be answered by BHP, another of Australia’s leading mining corporations. Here, according to Allam…

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“We must ask ourselves what can we learn from this?”

Times of crisis offer a space for individual reflection. They can promote new forms of self-awareness and on larger scales can even change societal values and priorities. COVID-19 seems likely to be a crisis that not only requires dramatic shifts in the way we live in the short term, it may also have lasting effects on the ways in which we engage in public life on local, national and international levels.

COVID-19 is a universally binding experience, one which threatens humanity but in doing so unites us in a common…

Trees are an essential part of the earth’s environment. They make up over 30% of the total land cover and act as anchors for healthy and happy ecosystems. Physically their roots, branches and leaves provide animal habitats whilst their biological processes ensure regular rainfall patterns, increase the purity of that water and enhance the lives of people who live near them. Trees come in many forms, from dense tropical jungles to sweeping carnivorous forests. United together they act as natural filters for the air we breathe. They engage in a process of carbon capture — storing CO2. …

Joss Bennett

Passionate about humans and our place in the natural world.

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