The Carnivorous Crocodile, written by UBoC Chair Jonathan ‘Jonnie’ Wild, is getting some great reviews. Here’s a typical example from ‘English 4-11’ published by The English Association and the United Kingdom Literary Association (Number 64 – Autumn 2018).
In July 2017 Safestyle UK kindly donated £1,000 via UBoC, towards the planting of 182 trees as part of the Trees For Cities ‘Trees for Bradford’ project in Low Moor, south Bradford – which was delivered in partnership with Bradford Environmental Action Trust (BEAT).
Delta Energy & Environment is a research and consulting company that provides its clients with independent information, analysis, insight and advice into low carbon heat and distributed energy markets.
They have been offsetting their travel with UBoC for a number of years, and calculated that in 2017 they had been responsible for 178 tonnes of unavoidable carbon carbon emissions, which we were pleased to offset on their behalf using certificates for Plan Vivo’s Trees of Hope project in Malawi.
“At Delta-ee we produce high quality, client orientated research and consultation on distributed heat and energy, which inevitably involves national and international travel. We always choose the greenest options, but our company still produces some CO2 emissions. So we offset by various means, and this year have again offset all emissions from flights and train journeys with UBoC”.
Dr Philippa Hardy Research Manager
(… the target for Terrific Tropical Trees, that is).
With help from private donors, UBoC originally set out to fund 15,640 trees at this remarkable project in Madagascar, via our partners, the International Tree Foundation (ITF).
But thanks to huge efforts by local delivery agency Education Développement, Environnement Naturel (EDENa), that target has been smashed – with around 24,500 trees being planted for the money we provided – an achievement ITF dub ‘outstanding.’
This project is highly worthy of continuing funding – please contact Tom if you or your organisation would like to contribute.
The full story – with regular updates – is here.
Forests are growing again where human well-being is increasing, finds new study
Countries with high levels of human well-being are more likely to show increasing forest growth. That’s the finding of a new study by a group of Finnish scientists, published in PLOS ONE. Their work shows that countries exhibiting annual increases in the amount of trees typically score highly on the UN’s Human Development Index (HDI), a scoring system that uses measures of life expectancy, education, and income to assess development status. Meanwhile, countries with a net annual forest loss typically score lower on the HDI.
The logical leap of faith here is to think that a remedy for the ongoing loss and degradation of much of the world’s forests would be a massive push for development in deforested countries. But while such a noble undertaking would be desirable in many ways, these apparent environmental links warrant scrutiny.
UBoC’s Chairman, Jonathan ‘Jonnie’ Wild, has been busy spreading the word in schools and bookshops about ‘The Carnivorous Crocodile’ – the proceeds of which are going to support two conservation schemes in Africa: The Udzungwa Forest Project, (one of our Terrific Tropical Trees sites), and the Tanzania Forest Conservation Group. Continue reading The Carnivorous Croc goes to School
High Water Common Ground is a thought-provoking, unreleased 70 minute ‘documentary-meets-toolkit’ about natural flood management, made by Andrew Clark of Top of The Tree Productions. (See below for a synopsis)
UBoC organised a screening with Leeds Beckett Landscape Architecture and Arup at the Rose Bowl on 21st of March, which was followed by a lively discussion on the future of natural capital in Yorkshire, where a changing climate, air pollution and developments such as Leeds FAS2, HS2, South Bank, the Clean Air Zone and the Northern Forest all present major challenges and opportunities.