Beekeepers for Life: how a UK-based charity are helping empower women and helping the environment

We’ve been looking at inspiring stories of how organisations can empower women around the globe while doing good for the environment. One of our favourites is a new campaign called Beekeepers for Life run by Bees Abroad, a UK based charity run by a global community. We’re looking at how the campaign is helping female groups in Africa to alleviate poverty through…

Will pigs fly in Brexit Britain?

What’s Going On Here? Gene-editing in livestock and crops is to be reconsidered in England as the UK government launches a consultation on its deregulation. There are strong restrictions on gene-editing in the European Union, and Boris Johnson has wasted no time in pursuing this move following the nation’s departure from the union just two weeks ago. What Does This Mean? Gene-editing…

The Power of Seed: Why is it vital for us to save open pollinated seeds?

Curious Earth talks to Helene Schulze, co-director of London Freedom Seed Bank and a Southeast England Coordinator for the Seed Sovereignty Programme of the UK and Ireland about the practice of saving open pollinated seeds and why it is vital for food security, biodiversity and resilience against climate change.  What does seed saving mean to you? Seed saving is about stewardship. It’s…

Environmentalists call on top banks to stop funding industrial-sized agriculture.

What’s Going On Here? A letter addressed to the International Monetary Fund (the IMF) and other top global financiers, signed by over 100 eco-activists including Jane Goodall and Joanna Lumley, is calling for a halt in investments to industrial-sized agricultural businesses. What Does This Mean? Farming is a major contributing factor to biodiversity loss, climate change and species extinction. Compassion in World Farming who coordinated the…

Farmers and climate change: what’s the beef?

What’s Going On Here? Farmers are at the forefront of climate change. The industry is one of the most susceptible to changes in our climate (temperature, rainfall, extreme weather etc), but also has the potential to shape our societies resilience in the future (see last week’s curious.earth article). In the week where we learn our beloved cauliflower is in short supply due to the extreme June…

New Zealand Make MOOves On Farm Emissions

What’s Going On Here? A New Zealand climate change group has been tasked with working out how its country’s farmers should pay for their emissions. The move comes as the government aims to cut the release of agricultural gases in a bid to make New Zealand a zero carbon economy by 2050. What Does This Mean? The likely solution will be a…