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Freestyle skier and devoted WWF supporter, Luke McCarthy got in touch with me back in 2013 with a simple but urgent question: “I’m worried about the future of my sport. How can I help you to spread the word about climate change?” Today, he’s channeling his energy, enthusiasm and talent into creating a film about

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Cacao tree (Theobroma) in a plantation. Bioko Island, Equatorial Guinea. I Love Amazon Week

Ten products and ingredients that come from the Amazon.

The Amazon is much more than simply a beautiful, far-off tropical rainforest. It’s also a source of everyday items we rely on. Do you recognise these familiar products and ingredients? 1) CHOCOLATE Did you know that your favourite chocolate originates from the cacao plant? This grows wild in Central and South America and cultivating it

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Gentoo penguin,Port Lockroy, Antarctica. Copyright: Pete Bucktrout, Norman Cobley, British Antarctic Survey

My 3 letters from the Penguin Post Office

Did you see the BBC2 Natural World documentary ‘Penguin Post Office’? It was a penguin extravaganza set at one of the UK’s most remote outposts. Port Lockroy, Goudier Island is located just off the Antarctic Peninsula. The historic British base was built in 1944, during a secret wartime mission called Operation Tabarin. It operated as

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Elephant crisis – what poaching does to animals, environments and people

Dr Kate Evans is the director and founder of Elephants for Africa. She started her research over a decade ago, looking at adolescent male elephants in the Okavango Delta and how they socialise – with an emphasis on how captive-bred animals would react in a wild environment. Here she talks about how complex these beautiful

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Eiffel Tower, France Events

Le Tour de Rayleigh

What started off as a sneaky idea over a beer following a one day ride quickly escalated to reality over night. The magnificent five were booked up and ready to take on 250 miles from Paris back to our home town of Rayleigh. The tour, dubbed ‘Le Tour de Rayleigh’ would be done over three […]

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Size of Wales

Helping communities protect globally important forests

Some of the most precious forests in coastal east Africa are under threat – and with the support of Size of Wales, we’ve been stepping up efforts to save them. The Mijikenda sacred forests or ‘Kayas’ of Kenya’s coast have immense cultural, religious and traditional value. People go to these forests to pray, appease ancestral […]

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WWF team at FSC General Assembly, Seville © Kerry Cesareo, WWF US FSC

FSC General Assembly 2014, Seville – future for forests for all

Last week, I attended my first Forest Stewardship Council General Assembly. Its an assembly of the companies, environmental organisations, civil society groups, and individuals that make up the membership of FSC, and as such share the responsibility of setting the direction for FSC. We tackled issues critical to supporting people, nature, and business, as the […]

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glove and mountains © Luke McCarthy climate change

Climate change is turning my sport upside down

Freestyle skier and devoted WWF supporter, Luke McCarthy got in touch with me back in 2013 with a simple but urgent question: “I’m worried about the future of my sport. How can I help you to spread the word about climate change?” Today, he’s channeling his energy, enthusiasm and talent into creating a film about […]

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Loggerhead turtle trapped in a drifting abandoned net subsequently released, Mediterranean Sea © Jordi Chias/uwaterphoto.com gallery

Jordi Chias: how images can boost conservation

Underwater photographer Jordi Chias, who won the ‘One Earth’ award at the Wildlife Photographer of the Year in 2010 with his image ‘Turtle in trouble’, reflects on photography’s essential role in promoting conservation. Do you feel that photos like ‘Turtle in Trouble’ can benefit conservation? Photography and film are a powerful tool for conservation. We  […]

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Scottish saltire

What does Scotland’s independence referendum mean for the environment?

If you can, imagine yourselves on the other side of the referendum. It’s easy to imagine that once such a big question has been asked on 18 September, Scotland’s future will be settled. No, it won’t, not quite. Once Scotland has decided its constitutional direction (the shape, the size, the way it operates, the way […]

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Young boys fishing, Ganges, India World Water Week

Building better partnerships

At almost every session of World Water Week, we hear about the need for new partnerships dedicated to creating a more water-secure world. This call to action is almost always followed by the same question: How do we build better partnerships? The answer lies not in the business world, but in a much more personal […]

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Areal shot of the Amazon © Andre Bartschi - WWF-Canon National Amazon Day

Honouring the home of the Amazon

Today it is National Amazon Day! This isn’t about buying more books or music online but about celebrating the world’s largest rainforest. At WWF-UK, I have the fortune of working to help preserve what is surely one of the natural wonders of the world. While sometimes the news from this part of the world can […]

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