Is the Harambe meme harmless social commentary or have we lost sight of the
real issues? It is 4 months since a small child fell into the enclosure of Harambe, a western lowland gorilla at Cincinnati Zoo, resulting in the shooting of the ape by a zoo worker in order to ensure the safety of the three year old boy. Yet the silverback gorilla’s legacy lives on but not for the reason many would have expected at the time. Harambe has immortalised through memes. The Oxford diction
It seems the world is full of ambitious, empathetic individuals anxious to do their part for the environmental cause. Indeed, cloth bags, cycling, compostable utensils and organic foods have become downright trendy. Yet, the scene of conservation good-doing has become fraught with so much contradiction and misinformation it can be maddening. More frighteningly, it often leads to apathy, and perpetuates the idea that an individual alone can't make a difference, so why bother?
Snorkeling or diving around the Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico you may come across the Lionfish, one of the most recognisable fish. At first glance a striking, beautiful and unique fish, yet with a relatively new, sinister threat to the fish populations of the area. So far away from its native home in the Pacific and Indian oceans, the Lionfish is categorised as an invasive species in the Caribbean sea and the Gulf of Mexico, threatening the delicate coral ecosystems – whic
As anyone who’s ever spent time in an office will testify, team work can sometimes be something of an acquired taste. There are many types of relationship in the work place but whether it’s a debate about desks or an argument over annual leave, it’s fair to say there can be the odd tiff. However, you don’t have to go far into the natural world before you find a more harmonious example of cooperation, all without a jammed printer in sight. Let me introduce the Goby, a family o
What about it? It should hardly come as a shock when I say that vegetarians and vegans are often dismissed by meat-eaters for being too preachy. Whilst neither side is completely guilty, nor completely innocent, something does need to be said about how meat-free activism could help save the planet. Some companies, like PETA, have off-putting advertisements and campaigns that are easy to ignore because of the in-your-face judgement and blatant lies (see: PETA’s anti-wool campa
Deep below the surface of the ocean, countless marine creatures are being killed by an alien presence. This predator, new to the scene, is being unleashed in increasing and alarming numbers. Its destructive capabilities are indiscriminate and virtually unlimited. It has no appetite, so its hunger is never sated. It has no fear, and no natural predators. It kills slowly – entangling, ensnaring, and suffocating. No creature in the wild has natural defenses to cope with it, or
You’ve probably heard about the environmental impact of palm oil cultivation: deforestation, reduction in biodiversity, localised pollution and contributing to climate change. You may have also heard about some of the proposed alternatives. Alternative doesn’t necessarily mean better though. So let’s have a look at what the alternatives to palm oil are, and which ones are viable options for the future. Failed alternatives Common alternatives to palm oil for food products incl
The environmental importance of reducing meat consumption is filtering through in the mainstream media. Knepp Castle provides a beacon of how farming could change if people are willing to embrace the transition.
Walking along a rough track dug out by off-road vehicles, dense shrub either side, game eyes weighing me up from a safe distance, I could have been in the savannas of Africa. Could have, but wasn’t. I was in the wilds of West Sussex.
Knepp Castle Estate in West Suss
In 2015, Chris Packham, the British naturalist, launched his crusade against the ‘Malta massacre on migration’. In doing so he brought the referendum on whether Maltese hunters should be allowed to shoot turtle doves and quails in the spring shooting season to the attention of the UK media. Despite the best efforts of Packham and organisations such as BirdLife Malta, the ‘Yes’ campaign won by a slim margin of 50.4% so this controversial spring shooting remains. The European C
In celebration of World Honey Bee Day, it’s only fitting to bask in the glow (or rather buzz) of these glorious yet underrated insects.
If you know anything about the importance of honey bees (besides making yummy honey of course) you probably know they are an essential component in modern agriculture. It’s estimated they’re doing around 80% of crop pollination, from cotton to cucumber, and as such are worth $15 billion to USA agriculture.
Their success is due to a fe