Join the Puffarazzi to help protect and conserve the threatened “clowns of the sea”

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One of the most famous bird charity’s in the UK, RSPB (the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds), has launched its latest citizen science photography project – Puffarazzi. Continue reading

Get involved with this year’s Big Spring Beach Clean

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What do you do when you see waste littering the beach? Do you leave it where you found it since you didn’t put it there in the first place, do you pick it up and carry it around with you until you find a bin or do you simply wish that there was a group event to help tackle such a huge problem? Well, I have great news Continue reading

Will you be switching off your lights for WWF’s Earth Hour?

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On 30 March every year, millions of people around the world switch off their lights for an hour at 8:30pm in a pledge to help save our planet. Some of the globe’s biggest landmarks get involved in the movement too, with Australia’s Sydney Opera House, France’s Eiffel Tower and Scotland’s Edinburgh Castle all going dark for the event.

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Spotlight: Claws Out founder, Beth Jennings, reveals the truth behind cub petting

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I was made aware of Beth’s story when in discussion with a fellow guest at this year’s Dr Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots Awards in London last week. From the brief story I heard, I knew I had to find out more about her eye-opening campaign and short film on the cub petting industry, so got in touch with Beth myself. Here’s what she had to say…

C: How would you describe Claws Out?

B: Claws Out began as an awareness blog and soon snowballed into a full time role as a Campaign Manager for IAPWA (International Aid for the Protection & Welfare of Animals). The entire entity stemmed from my experience as a volunteer in 2015, hand rearing lion cubs after being led to believe that I was contributing towards conservation. It’s now the charity’s only lion welfare campaign, raising awareness about the plight of lions in South Africa Continue reading

Get involved in the Great British Bee Count 2018

This year at Dennis Publishing, the company is supporting The Bumblebee Conservation Trust – a UK based charity dedicated to reversing the dramatic decline in the bumblebee population by ensuring the country is filled with suitable habitats rich in colourful wildflowers.

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Bumblebees are vital in the survival of the planet. These small striped creatures, along with other insects, are responsible for pollinating more than 80% of the crops grown for humans to eat – that’s around 400 different types of plants, including fruits, vegetables and nuts. However, our wild bee population still faces many threats from intensive farming, habitat loss and climate change.

On 17 May, Friends of the Earth launched their fifth annual Great British Bee Count. They’re encouraging the public to identify and record all of the different species of bee they spot until 30 June – of which approximately 270 have been recorded in Great Britain. To help with telling the different bees apart, Friends of the Earth have published a handy identification guide, which can be found here.

You’re a winner

#361: You’ve just won £1 billion pounds in the local lottery. You do not have to pay tax on your winnings. How will you spend the money?

I’d first use it to set up my family for the rest of their days, mortgage and bills wise. I’d then quit my job and really focus all my time and energy on finding an exciting new job within the video editing/producing/presenting industry. During this time, to mix it up, I’d plan a killer family holiday, making sure everyone’s wishes were fulfilled. Once I’d secured my perfect role, I’d finally move into London and start various evening classes.

Of course, it goes without saying that I’d donate regularly to charity and give food, drinks and/or blankets etc to the homeless.

P.s. I missed yesterday’s prompt as I spent Boxing Day with all the family… also looking after my cousins 4 and 6 year old girls… needless to say I slept for almost 15 hours today! (I usually get 6-8 hours sleep a night).

The guilt that haunts me

#357: Share a time when you were overcome with guilt. What were the circumstances? How did you overcome you guilt?

There has been many a time when I’ve felt guilty – especially when I realise I’m unable to help all of the homeless people around London. It always breaks my heart to see people living on the streets, even more so this time of year.

I don’t think there is a way to overcome the guilt with this completely. But when I can, I like to give someone lunch or contact a charity who could help provide a lot more.

Now you see me

#336: You have a secret superpower: the ability to appear and disappear at will. When and where will you use this new superpower? Tell us a story.

Following Phillip Schofield’s 24 hour challenge on ITV, in which he stayed live on TV from 11am on Monday to 11am on Tuesday (without sleep I’d like to add) all in aid of raising money for the Text Santa appeal, has really sparked my curiosity. Viewers were given access all areas, including during the commercial breaks, and an incredible insight into how TV is presented and produced… thus increasing my hunger to get into this industry, whether it be in front of the camera or behind it in the sense of editing the footage. So, bringing it back to the prompt in question (and ending my tangent!), if I had the ability to become invisible, I would use it to shadow individuals whom had a career that I’d like to pursue. This way I’d be able to find out what’s involved and what it takes to become just as successful, if not more.

No fair

#263: Tell us about something you think is terribly unfair — and explain how you would rectify it.

My initial thoughts were internships, but I’ve expressed my views on those many a time now, so I’ll think of something else instead. Hmmm… bad people having good things happen to them and good people having bad things happen. For example, Stephen Sutton was an incredible teenager, whose page has now raised almost £4.5 million with people continuing to donate, four months after the evil that is cancer took him from this earth far too soon. Of course, I’m not saying that bad people should get cancer because it’s an awful thing to suffer with regardless, but it just always seems to happen to the good people in this world and it’s not fair. So I guess my answer has ever so slightly morphed into cancer… cancer is not fair.

Sorry, I’m busy

#258: Tell us about a time when you should have helped someone… but didn’t.

Do chuggers count…? FYI, a chugger is an abbreviation of the term ‘Charity Mugger’, which here in the UK refers to the people that hang around crowded places (most frequently tube entrances/exits) trying to get you to sign up to a “one-off” charity donation, which turns into a regular one (commonly by text message). I have learnt that you need to continue walking, whilst saying “I already donate” in order for them to leave you be, otherwise they’ll send you down a huge guilt trip as to why you should donate in an attempt to get their commission. This makes me sound like a selfish individual but when I can, I do donate. Plus, even if I did want to make a one-off donation or set up a regular one, I certainly wouldn’t do it through a complete stranger that randomly approached me in the street.