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Trees For Victory- planting for the planet

Aren’t trees amazing? Honestly, think about it for a moment. They have roots strong enough to bind soil together, they provide homes for a huge number of animals and they take greenhouse gases out of the air and turn them into oxygen. Also tree houses are the best.

My school eco club thinks so too, and so we were really excited when we heard about a planet-saving project from a kid our age called Felix Finkbeiner. We got even more excited when we realised that we were going to join in with his amazing project. Continue reading Trees For Victory- planting for the planet

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Walking on Water- why shouldn’t we waste it?

Recently, my family woke up to discover that one of the things we always take for granted was no longer available. When we turned the taps on, no more than the merest dribble of water dripped out.

I can’t remember the last time we’ve unexpectedly had to be without drinking water. Suddenly, all those things we do in the mornings were a lot harder. We couldn’t make a cup of tea or brush our teeth, let alone take a shower or flush the toilet. So my younger brother was sent next door with an empty bucket and a hopeful expression. Continue reading Walking on Water- why shouldn’t we waste it?

The Carbon Files (Part Two): All The Way Home

Several times every single day, we have to get from A to B.

You might have to get to work, shops, the bank; if you’re my age, you might still be going to school. Usually, the places we go to are fairly near home, but occasionally we roam further afield, sometimes even visiting other countries.

So the question is: when you go places, how do you get there?

Continue reading The Carbon Files (Part Two): All The Way Home

The Carbon Files (Part One): The reason why.

The weather’s going mad. The sea’s rising. Wildlife is changing, islands are disappearing. It’s global warming, and very few serious scientists deny it.

Yes, we’ve all heard about it until we’re bored to death. We all know about the gas wrapped around the Earth, trapping heat underneath it. We know all about the one-way-system heat-in-not-out problem. We know how bad the situation’s getting. We know that it may already be totally out of control, and we know that human activity is causing it.

The real question is: Why aren’t more people doing something about it? Continue reading The Carbon Files (Part One): The reason why.

Fast Food vs Rainforest- the good, the bad, the blatantly untrue

Ask anyone why fast food is bad for the environment, and chances are the answer will be: because McDonald’s kills rainforests.

This is something most people have heard at some point, and you’ll probably know the reason why McDonald’s is said to ‘kill’ rainforests, too- because the rainforest gets chopped down to make room for soy to feed to animals for fast food.

Is this actually true? And what other reasons are there for eco warriors to hate- or love- fast food? Continue reading Fast Food vs Rainforest- the good, the bad, the blatantly untrue

Incredible Edible- the speech that made me sit up and think

You know those speeches that go down in history as being inspiring, amazing and, for many, life-changing? Think the ‘I have a dream’ speech by Martin Luther King, Emmeline Pankhurst’s ‘Freedom or Death’, or Churchill’s ‘We Shall Fight on the Beaches’. We remember them for a reason: because they made a difference and still make a difference now.

Last summer, I was lucky enough to listen to what I felt to be the most incredible speech ever. Continue reading Incredible Edible- the speech that made me sit up and think