Walking down any of the narrow and bustling streets of Hong Kong or China, the air is heavy with moisture and the distinctive scent that wafts from traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) shops. These hole-in-the-wall boutiques are like Aladdin’s cave with odd shaped mushrooms, chips of ginseng and deer antlers in jars drawing locals and tourists … Continue reading Why COVID-19 won’t be the last pandemic – As Chinese medicine continues to threaten animals and humans alike
The lesser known threat to big cat species
As coronavirus sweeps the globe, now seems like an odd time to go searching for bats, a likely suspect for the current pandemic. Bats were labelled the potential culprits after scientists identified a species in China that carries a 96% identical strain of the disease. This is the latest blow to bats’ reputations, as they … Continue reading Could Brexit spell bad news for Britain’s bats?
As someone who is passionate about the planet, I am no stranger to the overwhelming and all-consuming dread that can sometimes accompany thinking about climate change. I will admit to having times of feeling entirely out of my depth and helpless when I am trying to think about changes I can make to help our … Continue reading Eco-Anxiety: Why despair is the last thing our planet needs
As a London newbie I must admit that I was eager to soak up the city which, shock-horror, includes its loved and loathed tourist hotspots. My interest in all things wild and wonderful made the Natural History Museum an obvious first stop. After walking through the breath-takingly extravagant South Kensington, the uniform white palaces parted, and … Continue reading What I think is missing from museums
As my month in South Africa was, as I hoped, wildlife heavy, I found myself in situations and faced with people who are quite honestly a conservationists WORST NIGHTMARE. The first of these memorable experiences actually involved marine life, which I believe is overlooked by many. After all, it is pretty common to have a … Continue reading Forgotten Marine Life in Captivity
If you spend anytime on the internet, and I think it is safe to assume that most of us do, there is no doubt that you have seen a change in the way major clothing or cosmetic brands have marketed their clothing. Words like 'green','conscious' or 'sustainable' have been lapped up and hijacked by the … Continue reading Green-washing: What is the ‘green sheen’?
Before today, if you had talked to me about monkeys kept in enclosures, I would have been adamant that there is no way that it could be a good thing. I am, as a rule, extremely anti-captivity and I believe that animals belong in the wild and should have as little exposure to humans as … Continue reading Can captivity ever be the ‘best case’ for animals…?
This post begins the series of (hopefully) interesting tales of my adventures in South Africa throughout the month of May. I will be based in Mossel Bay down in the Western Cape for a Journalism internship with Africa Media. I am lucky enough to be joined by a group of great interns all from the … Continue reading Indalu Game Reserve
Adulthood. The aspiration of impatient angsty teens. The end of childhood freedom, the start of independent responsibility? But when does it start? What does it mean? As a 22-year-old, I fall under most people’s definition of ‘adult’. I am no longer a child and my teenage days have receded into the not-so distant past, despite … Continue reading Well I don’t FEEL like an adult…