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Out For The Count

By |2021-09-06T17:23:34+10:00September 6th, 2021|The Fly|

Out For The Count. The Annual, 24-Hour Wildlife Count. Lynn Johnson 6 September, 2021 Extreme weather events, from fires, to floods to storms are devastating what’s left of the world nature reserves. Just one example is an Australian study which estimated 3 billion animals were killed, injured or displaced in 2019/2020 summer bushfires. All this has happened at a time when governments, worldwide, pledge much for the environment, but in reality, do very little to aid its protection and rehabilitation. Those of us who care have lost trust in what our political representatives say. So, what can we do? Is it time more of us pushed for an [...]

If Rich People Wanted To Save The Planet

By |2021-08-23T08:48:40+10:00August 23rd, 2021|The Fly|

If Rich People Wanted To Save The Planet… They would be doing it now. Lynn Johnson 23 August, 2021 Instead of the ultra-rich doing their utmost to secure a viable future for all, we have what some have termed, for obvious reasons, dicks in space. The problem is that these billionaires are being held up as visionaries, but isn’t this vision simply feeble? Aren’t they saying, I don’t have the skill to fix the complex problems down here on earth, so I am just going to build my own rocket and run away? It comes across as immature and narrow-minded. This image isn’t enhanced when you consider the scale of tax [...]

The Art Of Distraction

By |2021-08-18T09:24:42+10:00August 17th, 2021|Blog|

As with the IPBES report published 2 years ago, the recent IPCC report is a stark reminder that we are heading into a much less livable world, not just for humans, but for most living species. With the release of both reports (and the many others that have the same conclusions) we need to be honest that the result is nothing has been actioned. The question is why? As governments, industries and businesses blame each other and wait for the other to do something, this ongoing blame game undermines the collective action needed. Those who should be shouldering the blame have perfected the art of distraction. Like the magician they misdirect the eye and give themselves [...]

Cabin Fever Lockdown

By |2021-08-08T08:56:39+10:00August 8th, 2021|WGFW|

Cabin Fever Lockdown As much of the world is experiencing rolling lockdowns, this is leaving more-and-more of us feeling a little lonely, bored, sluggish or anxious. Many people feel happier with some structure and routine. As governments know the importance of physical activity, one of the few reasons we are allowed to leave home, even in the stickiest of lockdowns, is to get some needed (and socially distanced) exercise. This helps people maintain both their physical and mental heath during these uncertain times. This pandemic is zoonotic in origin and has occurred because of too much human encroachment into the natural world. As animals are traded (legally and illegally) and their habitat is lost, their immune systems [...]

18 Months Into A Pandemic – Have We Learnt Anything?

By |2021-07-31T10:13:39+10:00July 29th, 2021|Blog|

For two decades, or more, some of the world’s leading scientists have been telling us to expect a pandemic. They knew that humans are vulnerable because the line between us and exotic animals has long been breached for trade. Too few people were listening. As a result, and with no real monitoring, a trillion-dollar trade in birds, animals and plants flourishes. According to the United Nations, before the pandemic this trade was growing at two to three times the rate of the global economy. The scale of legal, unchecked over-exploitation, which has been going on for decades, means we have walked blindly into the High Risk Zone of Uncertainty, outlined in the Planetary Boundaries model. [...]

World Wild Mindfulness

By |2021-08-05T08:19:17+10:00July 5th, 2021|WGFW|

World Wild Mindfulness Around the world a growing number of people are recognising the benefits of being out in nature as they practice mindfulness. Wild Mindfulness is the perfect antidote to low-level anxiety or problematic sleeping patterns. People talk about feeling noticeably calmer as they take time out in nature. The experience of simple slowing down, getting some fresh air and being present in the moment. These benefits have been confirmed by research, so we know that access to nature is important for mental wellbeing. Be it heading to the local park or into the country, it is great to get out and breathe. Nature certainly takes care of us and, now, it is time for more of [...]

On Your Bike, For wildlife!

By |2021-08-19T08:04:43+10:00July 5th, 2021|WGFW|

On Your Bike, For Wildlife! The pandemic has brought on a new bike boom in countries around the world, with cycling stores struggling to keep up with demand and replacement parts in short supply as more riders join the peloton or peddle around the park! Now that you have bought your new bike here is one more good reason to use it, namely registering for World Games For Wildlife. A family bike ride along country tracks or through the local forests close to your city or town is a great way to connect with wildlife and the natural world. While we know that is great to keep moving, it is also good to stop and listen to the [...]

Feeling Stronger, Doing Good

By |2021-07-05T09:56:51+10:00July 5th, 2021|WGFW|

Feeling Stronger, Doing Good Nearly a third of people believe their muscles have weakened during the lockdown as their regular exercise routines were disrupted. This is a worry for the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy and Sport England, who conducted the survey, because muscle loss can lead to long-term problems with balance and mobility, which, in turn, can lead to more serious health conditions. It is the first step back in to exercise that is by far the hardest. Key is to start small and for many people, they need a reason such as a good cause, to pull themselves off the sofa and away from watching Netflix. Why not make your good reason to get moving for World [...]

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