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Bringing Poetry & Veganism Together

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Sophie Toumbas is a trained writer and a superb poet. She specialises in spoken word and has produced creative work which interweaves language and rhythm to raise awareness of veganism, gender and LGBTQ+ issues. 

I speak to her about how being in a relationship with a vegan can influence your decisions and how her creative process works.

Hey, Sophie. How much did you know about veganism before you transitioned?

Not a lot. I obviously knew of its existence and I had a couple of friends that were vegetarian but I didn’t personally know many people that were vegan. I knew the basics of what it stood for but I didn’t know much else and I still have a lot to learn in my journey of veganism. 

What influenced your decision to go vegan?

At the time of me making that decision, it was becoming quite a big trend to become
vegan. It was veganuary and a lot of companies in recent years were, from what I could see, sort of bandwagon-jumping on this lifestyle and trying to profit off of it. 

Of course, ex…

Why latest Doctor Who episode adds to the climate crisis conversation

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Last night's Doctor Who episode, 'Orphan 55', depicted a futuristic Earth which had succumbed to the consequences of climate change. Those humans who survived had mutated into 'dregs' and attacked others of their kind who had taken a fakation at the resort known as, the Tranquility Spa.


What this episode did brilliantly was educating viewers about the possible repercussions of denying climate change. The revelation that the monstrous and terrifying dregs were, in fact, once human could represent the decay of our species.

Scientists have been telling us for decades about climate change and as this episode shows, the denial of such facts could have catastrophic consequences for the planet and humanity. 


Even though Doctor Who can be an escape for some people, it doesn't mean the show shouldn't highlight current political conversations. After all, Doctor Who is the perfect series to do just that. The Doctor is a being that sees every moment in time and space. Cli…

Compassionate Christmas for Turkeys

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The festive season is upon us once again and for turkeys, that means immeasurable pain and death. To most of us, Christmas is a time for reflection; recognising what is important to us and expressing our love for others through giving.

Personally, I believe Christmas is also about showing compassion and kindness to all beings, regardless of their species. Turkeys are no exception. Every December, millions are slaughtered for their flesh which ends up on our dinner plates. 

For turkeys, this holiday brings anything but joy and happiness. 

Here are some facts about turkeys that might make you think twice about purchasing a turkey for your Christmas dinner. 


The dangly appendage that hangs from the turkey’s forehead to the beak is called a snood and the other bit that hangs from the chin is the wattle. These fleshy flaps can change colour according to the turkey’s physical and mental health—when a male turkey called a tom, is trying to attract a mate, the snood and wattle turn bright red. If…

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…