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The Importance Of Adopting Indigenous Ideologies In Environmental Action

March 19, 2019
When we think about evolution, it’s often the physical transformation of ‘man’ that we picture - a seemingly random expression of the single ancestral entity all life on earth originated from (literally every organism evolved from LUCA ).⁣⁣⁣
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If our species - as one of the 500 nonillion organisms which bloomed from this single seed of life possess a sense of consciousness, then it’s not scientifically or spiritually unreasonable to suggest that every earthbound entity on this planet could also have a sense of reason.⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣

The validity of this concept has been proven time and again as scientists have begun to study nonhuman consciousness. In Peter Wohlleben’s ‘The Hidden Life of Trees’ he shares the enchantments of the sophisticated silent language trees speak. In Sy Montgomery’s book ‘The Soul of an Octopus’ the highly individual personalities and marked curiosity octopuses exhibit are outlined. ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣This way of thinking, in philosophy, is called ‘Panpsychism’, it’s a school of thought which suggests that everything in the universe possess awareness, even those objects which we (non-indigenous people) usually think of as inanimate.⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣
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It’s a world view that we environmentalists should be able to consider and possibly embrace. If our goal is to bring balance back to the living planet, then we have to value life on the planet and see all that surrounds us as a series of subjects, rather than a series of objects. ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣
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For anyone who was lucky enough to grow up around Indigenous communities that hold an intimate relationship with nature, you will be familiar with the type of person/people this reverential belief system creates. One of depth, warmth and humanity which is embodied both individually and socially in every aspect of life. Creating a society which values a level of wisdom and kindness superior to our western way of life. ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣

This school of thought aligns with aspects of Rewilding as well. If we saw the world as a “spirit-thing” with ends and meanings of its own, then we might be able to stop trying to control it like strict ignorant parents and let it express itself freely without constant interference.

Panpsychism and climate change live in a similar realm, where even if some future science proved ‘wrong’, those fighting within the belief of their validity, would still be on the right side of history.
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The Best Way To Pack A Suitcase For Minimalist Travel

March 10, 2019
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I've been travelling fairly regularly since my late teens, and over the years, have developed a few tricks for keeping my gear lean. So, when RuMe asked me if I wanted to collaborate (#ad), I figured I could use the opportunity to coalesce my tips into one taut post.

PACK LIGHT
Edging into keeping a 'capsule wardrobe' is key to travelling with less (you can see examples HERE x  HEREHERE x HERE), even if it's just a capsule for travel, rather than a capsule for 'life'. Typically I'll pack two pairs of shoes, five tops, two bottoms, a workout outfit, and a jacket for each of us. My husfriend and I share our toiletries (which we keep in an upcycled toiletry bag from Giveback Goods), so we have one bar of soap, toothpaste, dental flosstwo toothbrushes, a shampoo bar, conditioner, deodoranta safety razor, and a jar of cream that we both use on our hair, body and face.

KEEP IT TIGHT
I use the 'bundling method' to keep my large wrinkle-prone items neat, then roll everything that is smaller, I find the combination of the two to be the best, especially with my husband's clothes which seam massive in comparison to mine.
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COMPRESS
I used to use (and reuse) oversized 'texas tough' ziplock bags for compressing my gear and keeping it organized, but I actually prefer the compression bags by RuMe. I managed to fit my full Spring capsule and all my husband's clothing (and our shoes) for an upcoming trip to Texas into the compression bag, keeping it compact and tidy.

ORGANIZE
My husfriend is a photographer, so between us, there are plenty of wires, chargers and electronic paraphernalia. I have low levels of patience for disorganization, especially when it comes to crossed wires, so use Rume chord tacos, and the Rume tri-zip baggie to keep our lives, minds and moods zen.
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SPONSORED POST: This post was sponsored by RuMe (ReUseMe) who designs functional products for conscious consumers. The story, including all content, experiences, suggestions and opinions, are my own. I was gifted all the items wtih the RuMe brand, pictured in this post. It is with the support from companies like this that I am able to continue researching, writing and sharing these sustainable stories. I'm most grateful for both their support as a brand and yours as a reader.

17 SUSTAINABLE PLACES TO EAT, SHOP AND STAY IN LONDON

February 22, 2019
I lived in London for ten years before moving down to Paris, and still go up once a month to visit my family. It is amazing how much the city has transformed to reflect a more sustainable state of mind, and how many eateries and boutiques have popped up or transformed to embody the greener good. Though there are more than just the places on this list to enjoy while exploring London's nooks and crannies, I thought a list of my favourite conscious businesses in the city would be a good way to get you started. 

EAT

Notting Hill holds the latest addition to the green living movement with a menu free from dairy, refined sugars, meat, additives and chemicals. The menu is made on recycled hemp paper and their entire menu is organic and tasty with a selection of cold-pressed juices, cocktails, and wines to go along with it.

CANVAS CAFÉ
Head to the café and creative venue, Canvas Café, for one of their homemade ice creams made with coconut milk and banana and then blended with almond milk to make a delicious milkshake. They then add raw, vegan, gluten-free and sugar-free homemade cake, with options of - raspberry, beets, coconut, matcha, chocolate, avocado and dates and nuts. They also have a delicious menu of food, freshly made daily, with plenty of vegan options to satisfy your needs.
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TINY LEAF RESTAURANT 
Tiny Leaf Restaurant is London’s first organic, zero waste restaurant, turning surplus
food donated by local food suppliers into gourmet vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free
dishes. With its daily changing menu, the food and drinks are creativ. e and delicious,
creating a culinary experience which is both conscious and unique.

DAYLESFORD ORGANIC
Sit for an organic meal at their restaurant, with each meal produced through regenerative organic farming, sourced responsibly and produced with zero food waste. This restaurant/storefront also offers zero waste and responsibly packaged groceries, as well as sustainably made kitchenware and homeware.  

DUKE OF CAMBRIDGE PUB
Britain's first, and only, certified organic pub offers all the traditional British pub experiences, with a clean conscience with food supplied by Devon organic farm, Riverford. 

SHOP

THE GOOD PLACE
In the heart of Chelsea, The Good Place brings a new kind of luxury to the shopping
experience, with each product telling a story that does good, for people and the
planet. Their consciously curated collections offer a constantly changing selection of
beautiful ethical brands from around the world, ranging from fashion and accessories
to homeware and gifts, that contribute to the planet and its inhabitants in a positive
way.

NEAL’S YARD
Hidden in a cosy corner of Covent Garden, Neals Yard Remedies was one of the first natural, holistic and organic, cruelty-free beauty brands in London, opening its doors in 1981. They bring the expertise of apothecary to health and beauty, creating a beautifully British brand that offers sustainable souvenirs to last you months, and in some cases years to come.
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69B BOUTIQUE
With a strict policy on transparency when you shop at 69b boutique you can be sure each item you encounter has been made in an ecological and ethical way. It’s a wonderful way to discover new brands while exploring Broadway market.

THE KEEP BOUTIQUE
This cozy boutique has been around since 2012, promoting brands with a touching tale. It is a one-stop shop offering a curated selection of stylish ethical fashion pieces worth perusing. 

BEYOND RETRO
A vintage clothing treasure trove with multiple locations around London, sure to hold the perfect sustainable souvenir.

STAY

GOOD HOTEL
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Good Hotel offers a premium hotel experience which gives back to the local community. It uses a social business model which re-invests all its profits into the local community.
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MY HOTEL
The MyHotels began greening themselves several years ago by joining forces with Healthy Planet and Friends Of The Earth which led them to put recycling bins in all of the rooms, use eco-friendly toxic-free cleaning products in all their hotels, and even adding a honey beehive to their rooftop, to bring awareness about the importance and current plight of the honey bee. Their concierge works with Green Taxi, any printed paper is done so on recycled pulp and they use energy saving lightbulbs in their hotels.

DO

ROYAL ALBERT HALL
One of the most beautiful venues in London, The historic Royal Albert Hall is a concert hall on the northern edge of South Kensington. If you make it to London in the summer or early fall, get yourself a ticket to the Proms concerts. (£5), which have been held annually since 1941.

KEW GARDENS
The botanical gardens in any city are always top of my list, and I'd argue Kew is one of the most magical places in London that I know of. The oasis of green offered is a UNESCO heritage site and has been running with a commitment to conservation since they opened to the public in 1840. They offer a plethora of exhibitions, events and tours, all built around guiding each one of us to fall back in love with nature. 
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THE SHARD
There's probably nothing green about the shard, but you can save money by going up to the Orbit Bar instead of the official 'viewing' area, to get a load of the beautiful view. Just grab yourself an organic beverage from the bar and enjoy a few quiet moments away from the bustle below. I recommend going during the day on weekdays (if you can) over nights or weekends.

QUEEN ELIZABETH HALL ROOFTOP GARDEN
On top of Queen Elizabeth Festival Hall is a hidden garden with cocktails and snacks, surrounded by a garden which was built and is maintained by volunteers including leaders from Grounded Ecotherapy, a recovery group for adults who have experienced homelessness and mental health issues. It has a beautiful view of the Thames and the bustling Southbank below, a peaceful oasis above the city that is both unique and relatively unknown.
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TOAST BEER
A visit to Britain isn’t complete without a pint, but you can green up that pint with Toast, produced by Hackney Brewery in East London, as part of a partnership with food waste charity Feedback to create a quality pale ale that’s made from surplus loaves of bread. You’ll find it in craft beer shops and restaurants throughout London.

THE ETHICAL LONDON APP

Just before posting this, I found out about this new free app called  Cogo App which is an easy way to find ethical and sustainable businesses near you, while also indicating to each business on their app what aspects of conscious living matter to you most. CLICK HERE TO FIND OUT MORE
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What's The Most Effective Way To Reverse Global Warming?

February 07, 2019
This might blow your dang mind (it blew mine), but we could reverse global warming by 1 degree as of 2050 by simply disposing of our refrigeration units correctly (air conditioning units, supermarket cases, refrigeration units).⁣
Ironic, isn’t it, that the fastest and most effective way to reduce global warming comes from the very thing that keeps us / our stuff chilled. Silly humans, we suck so much at everything. ⁣

According to Drawdown (which I recommend you read) responsible action would save $902.8 billion net.⁣

The greatest thing about this is that the tools and legislation needed to meet these goals are already in place, so doing your part as citizens does not involve huge lifestyle changes. You’ll probably only need to make the effort of disposing of your cooling units responsibly a few times in your life, and it doesn’t require much effort to do it good, green, ‘n’ right.⁣
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UNDERSTANDING THE ISSUE ⋒

The refrigerants inside our cooling units, specifically chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) and hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs) have actually been outlawed worldwide since 1987 with the Montreal Protocol (after we discovered a massive hole caused by them in our ozone layer) but because huge volumes of the units containing these atmosphere harming dinkles remain in circulation - and they hold the capacity to warm the atmosphere 1,000 - 9,000x more than carbon dioxide - the issues with our cooling are hot.⁣

Drawdown states that "because 90 percent of refrigerant emissions happen at end of life, effective disposal of those currently in circulation is essential". Once the chemicals have been carefully removed, refrigerants can be purified and reused by being transformed into other chemicals which don't cause warming. 

Scientists estimate the Kigali accord (An agreement signed by 170 countries in October 2016 in which promised that from this year rich countries would begin phasing out HFCs, with middle income and low-income countries joining in from 2024) will reduce global warming by nearly one degree Fahrenheit. 

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UNDERSTANDING THE SOLUTIONS ⋒

1. DISPOSE OF YOUR COOLING UNITS RESPONSIBLY.
You’re actually legally bound to with fines of over $2,000 if you fail to, so even if you hate the planet and love money, you’re still winning!

A) Donate the unit to someone else to use if still working. ⁣

B) If it is ready to be ‘disposed of’ - aka recycled (95% of average refrigeration units are recyclable) - contact your local council or waste removal company to collect it. Ensure whoever picks it up is properly licensed with the environment agency in your country. ⁣
2. IF YOU BUY NEW IT SHOULD BE A GREEN FREEZE.
If you're buying new, Greenpeace invented Green Freeze as a climate-friendly solution for refrigeration using hydrocarbon technology. Since 2017, brands like Whirlpool, LG, HAIER, MIELE and SIEMENS have been making units to this specification.
WHERE TO BUY? The website called SUST IT has an awesome page where you can select the top-rated green energy appliances based on the best performance per country HERE , you can either buy new via the links they provide or search using the product ID number on second-hand sites. 

Want To Learn More?
ORDER YOUR COPY OF DRAWDOWN HERE
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Onshore Wind Turbines Are The Second Most Effective Way To Reverse Global Warming - Here's How You Can Help Them Take Over

February 05, 2019
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As you travel through the countryside in Northern Europe, you'll see wind turbines turning in the distance like fast-paced clocks on the horizon, dutifully doing their part to reverse our climate's breakdown.

According to Drawdown - a document created by a qualified and diverse group of researchers from around the world to identify, research, and model the 100 most substantive, existing solutions to reverse global warming - onshore wind energy has been rated the second most effective way for us to reduce climate breakdown by 2050.

❈ WIND ENERGY 
Wind energy is by no means a 'new age thing'. Human beings have harnessed the power or the wind for longer than most history remembers, capturing the gusts, breezes and gales in their sails and windmills since 500 to 900 AD. By the late 1800s, wind energy was already being converted by inventors into kinetic energy, and by the 1920s, wind turbines were dotted across America as the dominant energy source. 

It wasn't until the 20th century that fossil fuels sidelined nature’s greatest gift, and began wreaking havoc on the planet, contributing heavily to our climate's breakdown.

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❈ CLIMATE IMPACT 
In terms of conservation, wind farms are our best course of action as they work in conjunction with farming, conservation and population, taking up only 1% of the land they dwell on. Recent upgrades, such as slowing blade rotation and placing the turbines outside migration paths of bird have mitigated any past issues with wind as an energy source.

Wind power has much less impact on resources as well, using 98% less water than fossil fuels, Thermoelectric power (created from burning fossil fuels) uses 22-62 trillion gallons of fresh water - more than agriculture - provided to the oil industry for free by the federal government.  

❈ MONEY TALKS 
Subsidy wise, coal, oil, and gas are freeloaders, relying on $5.3 trillion in subsidies (10 million a minute) to compete with the increasingly cheap renewable energy, meanwhile pumping 37.1 billion tonnes of carbon into our atmosphere in 2018 alone.

To replace oil with onshore wind alone, it would cost $1.23 trillion total (a 5th of what oil is receiving in subsidies yearly), and would, in turn, save us $7.4 trillion in operating costs from 2020 to 2050 ...  a sound investment financially ...  without even considering the 86.6 gigatons reduction of CO2 this switch would relieve our atmosphere of.  

Currently, 82% of the G20 nations (all the countries who signed the Paris Agreement here in Paris to reduce emissions) are still relying on fossil fuels. Mainly because of the lobbying pressure from the heavily funded lobbyists putting pressure on governments to aid them in their evil efforts.

❈ 3 EASY WAYS YOU CAN HELP REVERSE GLOBAL WARMING 

1. SPONSOR A WIND TECHNICIAN 
March 5-6, 2019, AWEA Wind Power (a lobbyist group which works against the fossil fuel industry) is holding advocacy training for wind techs and wind tech students. This training will create a larger force of representatives who can educate (lobby) legislators and their staff on the wind industry’s top policy initiatives at the federal level. A number of the people interested need sponsors to aid in the travel and participation costs. as the costs are at a $1k, $5k, $10k or $20k level, I've started a money pool HERE (its under my Husband's American $ paypal account) which you can donate towards, and all funds will be sent to Pam Poisson at AWEA to aid as many people as possible to participate. I have 59,000 monthly pageviews on this blog these days, and the majority are American, so it is possible, with small donations, to send at least 50 or people to Capitol Hill if we all chip in.  

2. STAY INFORMED ON WIND ENERGY POLICY & CONTACT YOUR LOCAL ELECTED OFFICIALS
Click here and fill out the form to find out who your current state and federal elected officials are, as well as their contact information online and in office. Be sure to get alerts delivered to your inbox on important policies affecting wind energy in your state. They'll also send you periodic emails about breaking news in clean energy and ways for you to get involved. 

3. ELECT CANDIDATES WHO SUPPORT AWEA 's LEGISLATIVE GOALS
Elect candidates to the U.S. Congress and state legislatures who support AWEA's legislative goals for growing wind power. 
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SOURCES: The Guardian, Drawdown, Dansk Energi, Oxford DNB, Forbes, National Geographic, Scientific American

How An Almost Extinct Songbird's Regeneration Can Inspire Your Community To Rewild and Regenerate

February 02, 2019
There was once a time when doves were messengers of peace, protected by myth, taboos and religious sensitivities, protected from the harms of human hand entirely. Throughout history, they’ve been immortalized in literary works like Shakespeare, The Old Testiment, Edmund Spenser and many more. Yet currently, they're declining at a rate that these peacful symbols of love may be lost to future generations.

According to the RSPB, turtle doves specifically, are the most likely bird to go extinct in the UK by 2020. Since 1995, we’ve lost 94% of the turtle doves in Britian… however, in Sussex, an almost magical regeneration of local population has come from one couple’s choice to rewild their estate in a bid to bring teams of life back again. 
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The decline in turtle doves in England is the result of a number of factors, but the biggest issue causing their rapid fall in population has to do with the transformation and toxification of Britain’s countryside. Since the 1930s, 98% of native wildflowers and grasses have been given up to farmland, causing erosion as their deep roots were ripped from the soil, leaving the land nothing to hold on to as the typical rains which grace the UK reigned downward. That naked land was then drenched in fertilizer and weed kilers, contributing to loss of habitat and food for a multitude of species as we spread our monoculture fields from sea to summit. 

Some of the plants made near extinct by conventional farming - like fumitory and scarlet pimpernel - offer tiny, energy-rich seeds, which birds like turtle doves feed on giving them enough nourishment to migrate south to sub-Saharan Africa and back again. 

 REWILDING'S ENCHANTING REGENERATION ⋗

Through the rewilding of the Knepp Castle —an estate made up of 3,500 acres of former arable farmland in West Sussex—native species of flora and fauna have returned to their ancestral lands increasing the biodiversity of the area with the most enchanting results. 

In turtle doves alone, over the past 8 years, they have seen an increase from only 3 pairs to 16 - that's a 433% increase! While that might seem like a small number, the rapid rise of population on such a small piece of land indicates how quickly and effectively wildlife on the brink of extinction can be regenerated. All we have to do is learn how to take care of the living planet in a way that is best for soil, by really and truly letting the wisdom of the natural world take over. 

Rewilding is a movement of hope, magic and inspiration. The fairy-tales drenched in conservation, which us adults, now sinking under the bombardment of the doom and gloom scenarios, need to hear and have the power to support.
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THE ECONOMICS OF LANDSCAPE TRANSFORMATION 

Just to give you some perspective, the UK is made up of 60 million acres, of that land, 42 million acres is "agricultural" land, 12 million acres are made up of mountains, bog, moors (some of the most biodiverse areas of the UK ),  and 6 million acres of ‘urban plot’ (houses, shops, businesses).

If we were to rewild just half of the agricultural land currently being used for monocrop and factory farming, the transformation in terms of wildlife regeneration would be astounding. Possibly enough to cause the UK to become carbon neutral, according to a study being released by Harvard in April. 


Regenerative agriculture could provide $1.9 trillion in financial returns by 2050 with an investment of $57 / £43 billion (just for perspective, the US spent $639 billion on military in 2017 / £48.billion was spent in the UK). The money to transform our landscapes is there, it's just being used on oil subsidies and military instead. 
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⋖ HOW TO REWILD YOUR OWN LAND OR COMMUNITY  

1. Read Isabella Tree’s book 'Wilding' (where this tale and the majority of the facts stated come from). 

2. Donate to your local rewilding projects, this will allow them to buy back land and invest / rewild it to create the diverse ecosystems our planet needs. Some examples of organizations you could help are:

3. Rewild your own backyard or unused land in your community. Discard all pesticides, weedkillers, slug pellets and fertilisers. Plant a native hedges, insect-friendly flowers, and green any concrete you might have. Create a pond if you have room, you don’t need much space to do so and the results are enchanting if you do. Create shelters for critters, insects and birds. 

4. Vote for politicians who value nature above all else and encourage your local representatives in office now to rewild local areas which are unused. According to the Guardian, “many local authorities are discovering that allowing roadside verges, roundabouts, hedgerows or parkland to become wilder can save money. Burnley borough council estimates it saves £58,000 per year by reducing grass-cutting to benefit wildlife”.
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PHOTOS: Annie Spratt via Unsplash
SOURCES: Guardian, Isabella Tree’s book Wilding, Drawdown, Independent, NCBI, Knepp Castle, RSPB, UNEP

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