Is anyone else really tired of winter? It’s felt particularly long and draining for me this year. I can’t believe it’s still only February! I keep daydreaming about trees and hedgerows once again bursting with fresh greens, pleasant warm rays from spring sunshine and the thrill of seeing wildlife bring new life into the world.
So here are some interesting articles and good news stories to cheer us up whilst we wait impatiently for spring:
- According to a recent study, the natural environment helps to promote a positive body image. Another invisible benefit of nature!
- A thought-provoking piece on the moral value of wilderness. I’ve always felt we should protect nature in its own right not just because of the intrinsic value it brings to us.
- I love this poem about the life of a guerilla tree planter. I really admire his rebellious spirit, going out there and doing what needs to be done instead of waiting for someone else to do it.
- Here’s a couple of uplifting blogs on reasons for hope for the future of our planet.
- These maps that show the interactions and journeys of various wildlife, particularly in relation to urban areas, are really fascinating! From mountain lions to gulls to pythons!
- It was amazing to learn more about the lives and writing of 25 women, past and present, who write about the wild. Good to see my heroes, Rachel Carson and Helen MacDonald, on the list!
- And if you’re now feeling inspired to read some nature writing whilst waiting for the weather to warm up, here’s 10 of the best environment, climate science and conservation books of 2017.
- It’s exciting to see plans to reforest the Amazon by planting 73 million trees using a revolutionary new planting technique called ‘muvuca’.
- A beautiful new online department store called Wearth London has launched! It’s so exciting to see the growth in eco-friendly stores recently as more and more people opt for ethical shopping.
I hope you have a lovely week ahead and do let me know if you come across any more positive uplifting news stories to get us through the rest of winter!