Consider the Wildflower: Our Unsung Ecological Hero

When literary legend David Foster Wallace penned his 2004 essay Consider the Lobster, he turned a would-be review of the Maine Lobster Festival into a poignant reflection on the rights of beclawed nonhumans, as they were boiled up and served with butter en masse in a bizarre spectacle of festive massacre.In the essay, Wallace expunges … Continue reading Consider the Wildflower: Our Unsung Ecological Hero

Roadsides: a Hidden Wildlife Refuge

Guest Post by Stephen Thompson Colourful swards of flora, bees settling on stamens, and butterflies hastily gathering rich nectar. Acts you might associate with manicured flowerbeds in the garden - or a secluded fragment of the local park. However, a typical garden, small meadow, or arable grassland tends to only support a few tenacious flowering … Continue reading Roadsides: a Hidden Wildlife Refuge

Derailing HS2’s Ecological Train Robbery

Against a tide of urban expansion, the UK grows ever devoid of ancient forests in comparison with the majority of mainland Europe. Although consequences are forming to a many-headed hydra of ecological disaster - such as a shameful 56% decline in wild species, and air pollution now declared a ‘public health emergency’ in the UK … Continue reading Derailing HS2’s Ecological Train Robbery

Creation Myths: Out with the Old, in with the New

When Eve plucked that shining apple from the Garden of Eden, little did she know such a simple act would twist its roots through time and shape the future for thousands of years to come. Whether truth or tale, the Genesis creation myth and a slew of similar others have helped sculpt the ‘meta-cognitive schemata’ … Continue reading Creation Myths: Out with the Old, in with the New

Apple’s Earth Day Campaign is a Toxic Contradiction

Snow-capped peaks in the Colorado Rockies, the burning gaze of an African elephant, and a hippo sinking beneath murky waters. What do all these scenes have in common? Not just that they're all threatened by climate change - but Earth shot on iPhone, apparently.So what better way to celebrate Earth Day than a short film … Continue reading Apple’s Earth Day Campaign is a Toxic Contradiction

Message in a Bottle: Dung Beetles, Plastics and Pastoralism in the North York Moors.

Bathed in an empty blue sky of an eager Spring, the sun peeked its hungry light over the tired North York Moors. Watching from my window, it grazed the rear flank of Roseberry Topping - a sweeping cliff-edge peak venerated from tea towel to town hall across the sleeping valley below. With the muffled rumble … Continue reading Message in a Bottle: Dung Beetles, Plastics and Pastoralism in the North York Moors.

The Millennial Ecologist: Who are we?

Living in the age of the Anthropocene, Capitalocene, or the multiplicity of other terms - one thing is clear: we have entered an entirely new era, defined by our relationships in the world. Industrial anthropocentrism has been dashed on the rocks of ecology, with the destructive consequences mounting like bodies on a medieval battlefield.So as … Continue reading The Millennial Ecologist: Who are we?