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I am currently challenging the media on how it is addressing climate change & the ecological crisis, through writing, campaigning, researching and speaking. I am calling on the industry to look in the mirror at itself, for journalists, publishers and advertisers to consider more closely how changing their practises, which influence millions of people, would be instrumental in changing the world. 
I have previously been on BBC and ITV television and radio, locally and nationally, discussing pollution, plastic, climate change, the need to reduce instead of increase flying, and ecological failures. 

Our Bristol One by One campaign group also helped launch the Plastic Attack movement, which has gone global, we petitioned to get a single use plastic ban in Bristol along with Martin Fodor and other local campaigners. Our members have joined other campaigners to oppose Bristol Airport Expansion and support actions by climate strikers and Extinction Rebellion. Please follow our Facebook page for updates: www.facebook.com/groups/onebyonebristol/​​

We've had enough of their rubbish, it's time to force plastic reduction on supermarkets and producers. Opinion piece by me, following Sir David Attenborough joining in with plastic attacks. Published in The Bristol Cable

Our One by One plastic attack movement was featured on CNN: 
How plastic attacks on supermarkets became a global movement​​

Some of my older work is here: click on an image to enlarge it

Climate change campaigners step up efforts against Bristol Airport expansion amid a public consultation deadline of January 26. Report by me published in The Ecologist magazine: Link    

"LIVING IN THIS COMPLETE MADNESS IS UNNERVING"

Beware of greenwash. Planting trees to tackle climate change might feel nice, but it could be doing more harm than good. Some would call it a failure. Here's why... Published in The Independent

MUSEUM ANIMALS SHROUDED IN MOURNING VEILS

WILDLIFE GARDENS CAN BEAT FLOWER SHOWS

I presented a 4,000+ name petition to City Hall in November, and gave a speech asking the Mayor & council for a city wide ban on avoidable single use plastic: story in Bristol 247.

You don't win a planetary revolution by asking for permission. Protests for environmental justice are now fast growing, massive movements. Extinction Rebellion's Autumn Uprising in October brought disruption to 60 cities. How much is enough? Published in The Ecologist 

CLIMATE ACTIVISTS TARGET AIRPORT INVESTORS 

XR: REBELLION AND A NEW AGE OF ACTIVISM 

FLOWER POWER: ART FOR NATURALISTS

OUR PLASTIC ATTACK CAMPAIGN IS  NOW GLOBAL 

There is an exciting new surge in rewilding, driven by grassroots groups, backed by radical demands to redefine the land. I spoke to some of the groups and people leading this movement... Published in Ecohustler 

Climate researcher Katharine Hayhoe believes climate science deniers feel unnecessarily threatened by solutions – and the crux of winning them over is to show them how they will benefit from a greener future, regardless of beliefs. 
​Published in
The Ecologist.

An old reach of the River Chew has returned to Somerset after 70 years. 
​Published in
The Guardian.

A powerful new display in Bristol will highlight the biodiversity crisis after children demanded the true stories of exhibits were told. Published in The Guardian

400 Bristolians pledge to bring parts of London to a standstill with Extinction Rebellion - many arrested at Oxford Circus. Published in The Bristol Cable.

PROTEST DAY AGAINST AIRPORT EXPANSION

TREE PLANTING: JUST CARBON  STICKS?

MEDIA HYPOCRISY ON THE CLIMATE CRISIS

Bristol's love of spiders goes to extremes. Published by South Bristol Voice.

Link to: page 1 

MAKE SUPERMARKETS REDUCE PLASTIC

Campaigners in Bristol, Somerset and London are targeting airport investors, including teachers' pensions. Published in The Bristol Cable.

BRISTOL BID TO BAN SINGLE USE PLASTIC

We have to show how it's done, say residents with bold plans in the first city to declare a climate emergency... Link   Also published in South Bristol Voice.

BRISTOL: DON'T BUCKLE AT THE POUND SIGNS

Report by me on the rights of children to protest on the #SchoolStrike4Climate held on February 15 across the UK. Published by The Ecologist: Link

HOW TO TACKLE CLIMATE SCIENCE DENIAL

A LOST RIVER RETURNS

SPIDER LOVE! 

Creating or improving a garden pond is one of the best ways to attract and help wildlife in your neighbourhood. Published in South Bristol Voice.

INTERVIEW WITH GEORGE MONBIOT

BATS AND LIGHT POLLUTION

Some quick tips on cutting down your environmental impact over the festive period. Written for Bristol Voice: Green Christmas.

Link to Page 2

CAMPAIGNING

Climate change may explain the expanded range of the greater horseshoe bat – conservationists are puzzling over its discovery on the east coast.
​Published in
The Guardian 

Link to:​ page 2

Bristol’s environmental image hangs in the balance over Bristol Airport expansion. I took part in a TV debate on BBC1 Sunday Politics along with politicians and campaigners, and wrote this comment piece published by Bristol 24/7Link

Independent Ecologist, Freelance Journalist, Educator, Author

I met Bristol people steering a rapid rise in environmental activism, including Extinction Rebellion and its sister groups, schooled here. Published in The Spark.

BRISTOL XR: WE WILL BLOCK UP LONDON

RECENT WRITING...

I write & broadcast freelance (eg Guardian, Independent, BBC Wildlife, Ecologist, Ecohustler, Bristol Voice, Bristol Cable). I've just written a children's nature book with Sean Taylor and Cinyee Chiu, published by Quarto. Now working on another one. I have worked for a wide range of regional newspapers, national and international magazines, contract, book & digital publishers, sometimes radio / telly. I mostly cover science, wildlife, environment, botany, gardening and nature politics. I also write ecology consultancy reports & science outreach.

HOW WILL CITIES GO CARBON NEUTRAL?

Britain's first city to declare a climate emergency has unveiled how it will attempt to create a 2030 carbon neutral blueprint. Published in The Independent 

MAKING A GARDEN WILDLIFE POND

My piece on how local campaigners started a worldwide movement. #PeoplePower  #PlasticAttack  #HandBackPlastic 

I'M DREAMING OF A GREEN CHRISTMAS

Lots of wildlife-friendly planting ideas are attached, to make your back yard into nature's paradise. Eco gardens can look stunning and make a blissful spot to enjoy lots of wild visitors. Feature published in Bristol Voice newspaper.
​Download here: page 1 and page 2

THE PERILS OF BEING AN URBAN HEDGEHOG...

THE RACE TO REWILD

... and the slippery slope of loving them: few can be as smitten as Yvonne Cox of Hedgehog Rescue. Here's how she helps hundreds of hogs, and what gardeners can do too, for Hedgehog Week. Published in South Bristol Voice.

CNN: WORLD MOVEMENT AGAINST PLASTIC

RARE BAT RETURNS AFTER 115 YEAR ABSENCE

There is plenty you can do to help our urban wildlife survive the winter cold: Part 1

Bringing wildlife closer

​​Link to Page 1

I explore light pollution and its impacts on bats, following new research, in this feature for BBC Wildlife Magazine.
​Available at: BBC Wildlife Mag

DRAWING BATTLE LINES TO SAVE THE PLANET

A plea for the media to rethink its promotion of flying to millions of people. Published by The Ecologist magazine and Canada News Media: Link

"Bristol Airport expansion is like a gun pointing at the heart of the planet," says author and activist George Monbiot. “It is insane to be building more fossil fuel infrastructure in the midst of a climate emergency." Published in The Bristol Cable.

The best botanical guides offer keys, but artists bring the music. I explore some of the most memorable and useful botanical illustrations, books and artists in my feature for BBC Wildlife Magazine, in the January issue. You can preview the magazine here. Link