Cool Science

4 October is World Animal Day. But what are animals really and why do we have a day to raise awareness for them? You might think it a stupid question to ask what animals are. My time as a conservation educator has shown me that many of us don’t really know what...

The Palm Oil Predicament

Its World Orangutan Day. This enigmatic great ape has become the flagship species for the palm oil predicament. While commercial oil palm plantations grow in a number of places, 80% of this versatile vegetable oil is grown and produced in Indonesia. And Indonesia is a...

Nature Conservation Day

A quick post in honour of World Nature Conservation Day today and World Tiger Day tomorrow. Have you heard about FSC – the Forest Stewardship Council? Purchasing wood and paper products with the FSC logo is such an easy way to make a big impact for saving...

Peace Parks

Ubuntu. I love this philosophy, a gift from many African traditions – that we share this experience of humanity as a collective. It comes with a wonderful sense of connection and belonging to others, but it also implies a great sense of responsibility for how we treat...