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Climate Change isn’t everything: We’re talking Planetary Collapse. Let’s fix it.

Climate Change isn’t everything: We’re talking Planetary Collapse. Let’s fix it.

The phrase “Climate Change” gets bandied about a lot. But what does Climate Change mean? As a result of human activity on this planet, we’re seeing increased storms, floods and droughts – and they are bigger and more devastating. Global temperatures, especially in the oceans, are increasing, and polar ice caps are melting, which means …

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5 Ways to Save the Earth in Your Own Back Garden

5 Ways to Save the Earth in Your Own Back Garden

There’s a lot of talk lately about climate change, environmental destruction and ecological collapse, and how we’re all doomed if we don’t change our lifestyles. Have you noticed how much of this protest is directed at governments and leaders? Sure, their views and actions are important, because they make the laws which protect natural habitats, …

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How to ‘Show Not Tell’ in your Story Writing

How to ‘Show Not Tell’ in your Story Writing

We hear it all the time. From the moment we start writing stories at school, to our high school creative essays, to every author training video and blog. “Show, don’t tell!” And it’s something that writers, especially new ones, grapple with… How to write from the heart, so that your writing sings, without being boring …

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Make 1 Change a Week – 52 Things You Can Do to Save the Planet: How to Save Hedgehogs

Make 1 Change a Week – 52 Things You Can Do to Save the Planet: How to Save Hedgehogs

So what can we do to help hedgehogs survive? We need to make our gardens and parks and common spaces hedgehog-friendly. Keep your garden and other natural areas litter-free. Hedgehogs and other wildlife can easily get caught in plastic, netting or packaging left lying around.   More than anything, we must actively keep plants, hedgerows, …

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Environmental Fiction: Can Stories Really Save Planet Earth?

Environmental Fiction: Can Stories Really Save Planet Earth?

Environmental Fiction isn’t new. “Environmental Fiction” also known as “Eco-Fiction“, and its sub-genre “Climate Fiction” or “Cli-Fi”, is a relatively new distinct genre of literary fiction, focusing on stories of human beings interacting with the natural world and causing environmental problems and ecological crises on planet Earth (and sometimes beyond). I say ‘relatively new’, but …

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Author Interview with NFReads.com

Author Interview with NFReads.com

NFReads.com, a general interest website based on authors and their expertise, began as a place dedicated to learning. Always a good reason to start anything! It now contains a wealth of author interviews and articles about all sorts of topics, across 20 categories, including: Sylvia Engdahl – Multi-award winning science fiction author, early Cold War air …

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Write a Story to Save Elephants – Kids’ Writing Workshops at Waterstones

Write a Story to Save Elephants – Kids’ Writing Workshops at Waterstones

If you’re wondering what to do with the kids this April, why not bring them along to Waterstones in Welwyn Garden City on Wednesday 17th April? I will be running more of my popular Kid’s Writing Workshops – this time “Write a Story to Save Elephants“. We’ll be looking at all the situations where elephants …

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Get Your Free ‘Elephants Matter’ Environmental Worksheet

Get Your Free ‘Elephants Matter’ Environmental Worksheet

Elephants – an important part of the great web of life – do matter! But they’re having a tough time, thanks to humans. Poached for ivory, culled, hunted, suffering from habitat loss, captured for zoos and circuses, to caged and confined as working animals… Find out more about the environmental concerns in this blog post: …

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Make 1 Change a Week – 52 Things You Can Do to Save the Planet: Elephant Extinction – Does it Matter?

Make 1 Change a Week – 52 Things You Can Do to Save the Planet: Elephant Extinction – Does it Matter?

But I’m also very scared. Scared that one day, soon, too soon, there will be only a handful of elephants left… And that those last few elephants will then be killed by humans or die off without their population recovering… And then there will be no more elephants. Ever. Get your free Elephants Matter worksheet …

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Make 1 Change a Week – 52 Things You Can Do to Save the Planet: Prep Your Plastics!

Make 1 Change a Week – 52 Things You Can Do to Save the Planet: Prep Your Plastics!

It’s not news. Plastics are everywhere – all around us, as waste and litter, and in our minds, thanks to lots of recent plastic pollution awareness campaigns. And we’re all trying to reduce, reuse and recycle our plastic bottles and other plastics responsibly, so less rubbish ends up lying around or ending up in the …

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