Forest Tales: Great Big Story meets people who’ve made the forests central to their lives

Forests have a positive impact on people all over the world – from natives who call the forest home, nature lovers who reap its healing benefits, through to kids who adore the natural playground. In the short film below, Great Big Story meets individuals who have made the forest a central part of their lives. They include Warrick Mitchell who lives off the land in … Continue reading Forest Tales: Great Big Story meets people who’ve made the forests central to their lives

Indigenous teens from Canada’s Northwest Territories invited to show their self-shoot documentary on climate change at UN conference

Indigenous teenagers from Tuktoyaktuk in North Canada have been invited to show a documentary they made on climate change at a United Nations convention this December. The 20-minute documentary, Happening to Us, looks at the impact of climate change within their community, where the coastline has eroded to the point that houses are at risk of falling into the ocean and have to be moved. Tuktoyaktuk, … Continue reading Indigenous teens from Canada’s Northwest Territories invited to show their self-shoot documentary on climate change at UN conference

Tanzanian farmers benefit from fast, sustainable method of regreening degraded farmland starting with kisiki hai or living stump

Dutch nonprofit Justdiggit is assiting farmers in Tanzania to re-green their farmland and reverse climate change through “kisiki hai” meaning “living stump” – which is a fast, low cost and sustainable method of regreening degraded landscapes. By using the Farmer Managed Natural Regeneration (FMNR) method and re-introducing rainwater harvesting practices, Justdiggit aims to restore soils, re-green the area and improve the productivity of the land … Continue reading Tanzanian farmers benefit from fast, sustainable method of regreening degraded farmland starting with kisiki hai or living stump

BIG Trees Project: Raising awareness to help preserve public green spaces in Bangkok and beyond

Bangkok-based environmental group BIG Trees Project is working with communities and government agencies to promote awareness and activities that help preserve public green spaces in Bangkok and beyond. The group, which is made up of some 16,000 young professionals, is dedicated to preventing Thailand’s trees from being cleared for urban development. They have been involved in training individuals on how to care for trees, as … Continue reading BIG Trees Project: Raising awareness to help preserve public green spaces in Bangkok and beyond

The Big Climate Fightback: One million required to pledge to plant a tree in the UK’s largest mass tree planting campaign

The Woodland Trust is launching the UK’s largest mass tree planting campaign with the aim to get one million people to pledge to plant a tree on 30 November to help fight the climate emergency. Known as The Big Climate Fightback, The Woodland Trust will be hosting planting days across the UK on November 30 – the focal event will be the Young People’s Forest … Continue reading The Big Climate Fightback: One million required to pledge to plant a tree in the UK’s largest mass tree planting campaign

Agroforestry: Costa Rican jungle farmer Alexander Retana saving the rainforest by growing food in it

Farmland and trees co-exist in harmony in the Costa Rican rainforest where jungle farmer Alexander Retana has turned his family plantation into a sustainable farm. With a focus on agroforestry – essentially the practice of growing trees on farmland – Alexander Retana grows around 22 different crops from bananas to cacao among the trees of the Costa Rican rainforest. It is in stark contrast to … Continue reading Agroforestry: Costa Rican jungle farmer Alexander Retana saving the rainforest by growing food in it

Friends run Cape Town marathon with tree saplings strapped to their backs to promote planting of native trees

A group of friends ran the Cape Town marathon with indigenous tree saplings strapped to their backs to encourage the planting of native trees. The group, who ran the 42.2km marathon route last Sunday (15 September), were promoting the planting of native trees amid a nationwide push to replace invasive species with indigenous one to cope with drought and climate change. They raised funds to … Continue reading Friends run Cape Town marathon with tree saplings strapped to their backs to promote planting of native trees

Nature Now: Greta Thunberg urges people to protect and restore nature, and to fund natural climate solutions in short film

Nature Now, a short film narrated by climate activist Greta Thunberg and writer George Monbiot, is a call to action for people to protect and restore nature, and to fund natural climate solutions. Protecting and restoring tropical forests can provide more than a third of the emissions reductions needed to stop the climate breakdown. Despite being one of the most cost-effective – and just plain effective … Continue reading Nature Now: Greta Thunberg urges people to protect and restore nature, and to fund natural climate solutions in short film

Seed Gathering Season: Campaign encourages people to gather seeds and grow trees of the future

The Tree Council is encouraging people to get out into local woodland and start gathering up seeds, fruits and nuts and grow the trees of the future. The festival starts each year on the 23rd September, the Autumn Equinox, and continues until the 23rd October, giving volunteer Tree Wardens and member organisations time to host events across local communities. Growing trees from local seed can have … Continue reading Seed Gathering Season: Campaign encourages people to gather seeds and grow trees of the future

The Black Mambas: South Africa’s all female, unarmed anti-poaching unit winning the war on poaching through education

South Africa’s first all female anti-poaching unit, The Black Mambas, believe the war on poaching “won’t be won with guns and bullets alone”, but education. Hence why the camouflage uniformed-clad troop patrol unarmed. The Black Mambas was established in 2013 to focus on conservation of the 52,000-hectare Balule Nature Reserve, part of the Greater Kruger National Park. The women, some of whom are as young … Continue reading The Black Mambas: South Africa’s all female, unarmed anti-poaching unit winning the war on poaching through education