Author page: Freya Brodrick

Switzerland’s war on wolves

Grey wolf standing amongst trees

What comes to mind when you see the word ‘wolf’? A dangerous predator or a creature sadly misunderstood? Present day attitudes to the wolf are fiercely divided, causing conflict whenever new management strategies are debated. Most recently, Switzerland was the battleground for a controversial change to hunting rules, which allowed a national cull of the species and was met with furious outcry from environmental groups.

Vaping vs. Smoking vs. Planet: Should we ban all nicotine use?

Silver vape lying discarded on the floor of a forest

Disposable vapes look set to be banned in the UK, due to concerns backed by the Local Government Association about teenage addiction, fire risk, and plastic pollution. Whilst factors such as the health risks and addictiveness of vaping are bad enough, the environmental impacts must also be considered. The scale of the waste they produce is staggering, with eight disposable vapes being…

Festivals of the future – can they ever be sustainable? Top tips for eco-friendly festival-goers!

Booming season Festival, Vietnam. Photo by Tony Pham on Unsplash

Festival season is in full swing in the UK and Europe, with over one million people attending live music events in London alone, in the first week of July. Glastonbury festival in Somerset, UK attracted a crowd of around 210,000 people. Tomorrowland, Belgium is set to double even that total in a few days time.

There are many ways of reducing your environmental footprint when attending these events, and you still get to still dance to great music in a big field with a drink in your hand. Here are our top four “do’s and don’ts” for more sustainable festival-ing.

Down To Earth: Slow Travel and the Benefits of Not Flying

A passenger train travelling through wild, mountainous landscape.

Travel can be one of life’s most enriching and inspiring experiences, for those of us privileged enough to have the opportunity. But how does it fit into modern life? In a society that sometimes values productivity over well-being, and indeed quantity over quality, it is easy to fall into the trap of treating holidays like a kind of work. For many, it starts with scouring the internet for the cheapest flights to the most exotic and must-see destinations. Then, once you get there, you feel pressured to see every sight, take perfect Instagram photos and tick off experiences like a to-do list. In this rush you might find yourself missing out on experiencing the true character of that place you visited, and feeling more exhausted than refreshed.

Enter, slow travel. This concept celebrates staying in one place longer and taking the time to fully appreciate its culture and unique “personality”. It’s all about getting off the beaten track and experiencing life through the eyes of a local. The end result is cultural enrichment, new connections, and ultimately a more meaningful getaway.