Extinction Rebellion- What We Can Do

Extinction Rebellion has made a tremendous impact in communicating to the public about the climate crisis. Almost every city in the UK has an XR group and they can be found all over the world from Australia to India to the United States of America. 

But where did XR begin and why is it so important for us to get involved? 

Back in 2018, I heard of an organisation called Extinction Rebellion from various activist buddies. The organisation originated from another called Rising Up. It is a socio-political movement with the aim of civil disobedience and nonviolent resistance to protest against climate change, biodiversity loss and the potential risk of social and ecological collapse. 

XR was established by Gail Bradbrook, Roger Hallam, Simon Bramwell and other activists from the Rising Up group. They gained inspiration from grassroots activism and wanted to gain worldwide support around a common urgency that climate change is real and we're running out of time. 

Their demands are clear;


Interview with Whale & Dolphin Conservation

For over thirty years, Whale and Dolphin Conservation has helped to protect the world's most endangered whale and dolphin species. From the North Atlantic Right Whale to the Risso's dolphin, WDC has led research to help better protect these and other species from extinction. 

Communications manager, Julia Pix, shares her views on WDC's vital work and what we can do to better protect the beautiful and fascinating whales and dolphins we share the planet with.

Hi Julia! How and why was WDC started?

In 1987, WDC (or, as we were then, the Whale Conservation Society) was originally a mechanism to channel the publishing ambitions of our founder, Kieran Mulvaney. Kieran, then a 16-year-old schoolboy and a prolific writer, wanted to produce articles on the growing threats to whales and dolphins and to share his desire to protect these remarkable creatures. 
His ambitions resulted in the production of a regular newsletter, each issue specialising on a threat to whales and dolphins compl…

River Dolphin Driven to Extinction

Humanity has taken huge strides in its evolution and become the most dominate and widespread species on Earth. But at what cost? Over recent years, more and more people have become aware of the environmental crisis that is climate change. More than ever before, we are having to reflect upon our impact upon the world and the inevitable consequences of our actions. 

One of the many consequences is that of species extinction. And not just our own. For the first time ever, human beings are the cause of another species extinction. The Yangzte River dolphin has been declared extinct. And the majority of the human population has no idea. Some may not have even heard of this species. This is why it is ever more important to be aware and to actively take steps in our own lives to help them. 

 The Yangtze or (Baiji) River dolphin lived in the middle and lower reaches of the Yangtze River from Yichang, near Shanghai. They also lived in the lakes of Poyang and Dongting, and the smaller river, Qiant…

Interview with Activist & Photographer Toby Brown

What motivated you to become vegan?
The short answer is... love. Love introduced me to the fact that I did not need to consume animal products to survive and thrive. I spent 42 years of my life thinking that I required meat, dairy and eggs. I was informed I did not, carried out some research into it and became vegan straight away. And I do mean vegan, I made sure I didn’t buy any products with animal parts in, checked for the leaping bunny symbol on all creams, shampoos and stopped buying anything with leather, suede, silk. 
I was astounded and shocked at myself that I didn't know I could lead a beautiful life without animal products. I felt like such a fool, and such a hypocrite. I was a flexitarian for a while and I thought that was the best I could do for the animals I ate but I didn’t consider the harm and exploitation in leather and animal testing on health care products. I worked at a wildlife hospital in Greece for years, saving lives of certain animals whilst at the same tim…

Interview with Vegan Band Flipside Bride

Music is a big part of all of our lives. But what if you could combine your love of music and your passion for veganism? Well, vegan band, Flipside Bride have done exactly that. I spoke to Manic Pianic about her and her husband's journey into veganism and creating their own music to communicate with people about important social issues and raising money for charity. Their debut album, 'Welcome to To Audio Pop Art' and single 'Ostrich Head' are raising money for The Tower Hill Animal Sanctuary in Essex, UK. 

What was your motivation for going vegan?

Way back in 1986, my vegetarian friend Debz told me she was going on an anti-fur protest march in London organized by the anti-fur charity, Lynx. She asked me if I would like to come. At the time, I wasn’t even vegetarian but once I had read one of the leaflets, I was so disgusted of its vile cruel practices that I knew I had to go with her. 

I think it was because fur is very much an obvious part of the animal that I star…