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Animal Rebellion Activist Interview

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Animal Rebellion states "Animal agriculture contributes around 18% of global emissions. It uses 83% of global farmland, while only contributing 18% of calories. Almost half of all plastic in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch consists of nets from the fishing industry. To end the climate crisis and achieve justice for animals, we must transition to a plant-based food system." 
A dedicated and courageous activist, Charlie Pritchard, took part in the two-week rebellion in London. He shares his thoughts about the experience,  why he joined Animal Rebellion and what veganism means to him.
How did your vegan journey begin?

My vegan journey began in 2008. This was when the oncologist, exasperated and unable to help further with my wife’s terminal condition of a glioblastoma, blurted out the word “diet”. Hundreds of hours of internet research later, it became clear that a whole food plant-based, vegan diet was clearly the healthiest way to eat and, although too late to help my wife, I ado…

Be a rainforest warrior

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The Amazon rainforest covers an area of 2,300,000 square miles and comprises 40% of the total area of Brazil. Amazonia has the largest river basin in the world, stretching from the Atlantic Ocean in the east to the tree line of the Andes in the west. 

It has the richest and most biodiverse reservoir of life, over 7 million species of plants, insects, birds, and undiscovered forms of life call the rainforest their home. Luscious vegetarian, such as, Brazil nut, rosewood, palm, laurel and acacia make up the forest and supply the rest of the world with oxygen.

Wildlife, like the jaguar, red deer, tapir, monkeys, snakes and rodents roam the corridors of this sacred and majestic green wonderland. 

But this reservoir is dying and it needs us to bring life back to the rainforest.

You may be thinking, but the Amazon is on the other side of the planet. How can my actions in my hometown or city make a difference? It may be true that our actions may not have a direct impact on the Amazon. But there…

Extinction Rebellion- What We Can Do

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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;

Go…

Interview with Whale & Dolphin Conservation

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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

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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

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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…