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Be at One is the definitive vegan make-up brand. It’s the brainchild of vegan campaigner Heather Mills and Milena Thacker, the make-up artist and model. 

The Be at One collection, which is available via www.be-at-one.com is specifically designed to be gentle and nourishing on the skin without using any animal derivatives.

 Heather Mills said, 

“Be at One combines beautiful make-up with vegan integrity. The name is from being at one with the planet, yourself and animals. I have wanted to create a vegan make up brand for over two decades and finally found the perfect business partner in Milena.” 

Standard make-up typically employs animal products that are disguised using technical names. 

For example, shark liver is called squalene and can be used in skin products, pig fat is called glycerine … and can be found in lipstick and even toothpaste…… crushed female beetles that produce the red in bright lipstick, is known as carmine.*

Heather continues,

Make-up brands need to be clear about the ingredients they use. After all, our skin is our largest organ. Incorporating animal products, and trying to disguise them, is disrespectful to the humans using the make-up and the sentient beings sacrificed for our vanity.

Be at One represents a movement towards compassion and sustainability. With an increasing number of consumers embracing a vegan lifestyle, the demand for cosmetics free from animal derived ingredients is skyrocketing. This demand reflects a growing awareness of the impact our choices have on animals, the planet, and our own well-being.” 

The Be at One make-up collection is formulated and manufactured in Italy to the highest standards. The range is entirely free of all animal products and derivatives, and none of the individual ingredients or finished products have been tested on animals. 

Milena, who has directed the formulation of the brand, said, 

“Our quest for vegan ingredients has not compromised the professional standard and beauty of the brand. It has only added to its quality and appeal. I’ve worked with make-up my entire career. 

Be At One is exceptional in the way it looks and feels on the skin. And it outperforms most other make-up on the market without using any animal products.  

There is no question, Be at One is the future of make-up.”

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The Scottish-based natural beauty company, Seilich has launched a customer reward scheme and is asking customers to sign up to help wild meadows flourish.

Members of the Seilich Meadow Rewards Club will earn points by making a purchase or engaging with the brand on social media. Redeeming these points allows a new area of meadow to be created, with the bonus that customers receive an exclusive discount on Seilich skincare purchases.


Dr Sally Gouldstone founded her meadow grown skincare business in 2018 and said:

“The ethos of the company has always been to work in partnership with nature. The environment is a priority in all aspects of business, with profits used to create more wildflower meadows, with an overall positive environmental impact. I want Seilich to lead by example and demonstrate that businesses can be a force for good. Creating the Meadow Rewards Club, is a way to give back to nature in a really meaningful way.”

“Lot of businesses rely on nature in some way, but many have kind of a one-way relationship, taking from nature without giving back. I was keen to have more of a circular business model where we were putting back. The creation of our Meadow Rewards Club means that as the business succeeds the meadows keep growing.


She adds: “Customers who buy our products value the natural environment and love the idea that we grow the plants in this semi-wild setting. Now members of the Meadow Rewards Club can be rewarded for caring about what we do.”

Every Seilich skincare product contains handpicked botanicals. Dr Sally Gouldstone takes conservation led approach, gathering only 10% of each plant species are gathered, which leaves behind a flourishing biodiverse meadow. Sally added: “By harnessing the power of the meadow and using only natural, organic, and UK-grown Wildlife and Bee Friendly certified ingredients we are using highest-quality ingredients in our beauty products.”

Including award-winning Meadow Face Oil £52.00 currently £39.00 made from botanical oils, that deeply penetrates the skin whilst improving its outer-most barrier. These carefully curated oils are infused with powerful meadow-grown hand-picked botanicals including daisy’s, plantain, calendula, rose petals and red clover to deeply nourish the skin. Wild Rose and Mallow Moisturising Lotion £45.00 and Wild Carrot and Sea Buckthorn Moisturising Lotion £45.00 both currently £33.75

Customers who sign up to the scheme earn five hundred points. By redeeming two hundred points Seilich will create 1 m2 of meadow and the customer receives a £2 discount, five hundred points will create 2.5 m2 of meadow and earns a £5 discount. Redeeming one thousand points creates 5 m2 of new meadow and unlocks a £10 discount.

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NEW nail polish collection; In The Zen at www.earthynailpolish.com.  We are proud of our award winning eco-conscious brand, our natural origin nail polishes and treatments are certified halal, vegan and cruelty free

We have replaced single use plastic caps with highly sustainable bamboo and all seals within the cap are made from 100% post-consumer plastic.  Our plant-based formula includes enriching calcium and magnesium to help strengthen and condition nails with continued use.  We also offer a Recycle Reuse Programme to our customers, where all empties can be sent back for a circular economy.

We are celebrating the sunny season with a brand new collection, In The Zen! Our new collection is inspired by the need for a slower pace and finding inner peace. It’s about being centred at your core, mentally with your soul. This inner calmness is manifested through our four new delicate pastel hues. 

The four shades include Barely There, a minimalist sheer pink giving ‘your nails but better’.  Lilac Tide, a fresh powdery pale purple hue that is predicted to be huge in 2024. Hint Of Mint is a gorgeous pistachio colour that we like to describe as the new neutral. Finally, we have Lemon Zest, the epitome of calmness.  This delicate shade of yellow is what the latest Butter nails trend is all about.

This new collection has launched for May 2024! For £24.95 or individual shades can be purchased for £7.99 at www.earthynailpolish.com

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You might be used to going to your local library to pick up books, but what about light? That is exactly what new light libraries, created by British charity SEED Madagascar in conjunction with Solar United Madagascar, are offering.

This month, following fantastic results, sees the light library project, which has built 40 libraries to date, enter its next phase of expansion, looking to create another 60 libraries over the coming year. Built in remote areas across the vast island of  Madagascar for local communities, results show the light libraries have had benefits for education, the environment and income generation, helping highlight, as governments pledge billions to green energy, the impact even small green energy initiatives can have on people’s lives.

Primarily constructed adjoining primary schools, some also built by SEED Madagascar, they may look more like garden sheds than typical libraries, but these little structures are helping alter the lives of those in the local area.

Power is a much needed commodity in Madagascar, which remains one of the poorest and least developed countries in the world, with only 8.3% of primary schools having access to electricity, the majority of which are in urban locations.

One thing Madagascar is not short on however is sunlight, enabling this solar project, and others like it, to become established; with initial results very positive.

The concept is simple. Each school has solar panels installed on its roof, these charge power banks, which are then available, alongside LED lights powered by them, to the school and the broader community. These provide light in classrooms (where education if often impacted as a result of limited natural lighting during the day, making reading, writing, and concentrating challenging for students). Teachers are also positively impacted, now having the ability to mark and prepare schoolwork outside of school hours, enhancing their ability to deliver high-quality education.

The power banks and lights are also available to rent to the wider community, giving them access to affordable clean energy to power lights and radios, and charge phones and other electrical devices, at a time and location convenient to them.

This isn’t just a benefit of convenience though, with health, environmental and educational benefits also being realised through the project. SEED Madagascar’s research has revealed that community members typically have to walk several kilometres to access basic electrical services and that kerosene lamps are currently the most common light source used by community members – these lamps provide inadequate lighting, are expensive to use for extended periods, and have negative consequences for users’ health and the environment.

Results show a positive correlation between classroom lighting and academic achievement, with the provision of LED lighting proven to be the best lighting upgrade for a learning environment and improving learning processes.

The schools involved are benefiting in another way too. From the rental of the lamps through the ‘light libraries’ they receive additional income; a portion of which is being placed in an insurance fund for repairs and used for contributions towards school resources.

After such positive initial results, the scheme is now hoping to build on this early success and create further libraries across the region.

As global voices continue to shout about the need for increased green energy to stave off ever rising temperatures, projects like this help highlight green technology’s benefits at a more basic ground level and the incredibly positive impact these can have on people’s lives.

The project has been coordinated within the wider-consortium of Solar United Madagascar, comprised of several charities working across Madagascar. The next step will bring solar electricity to 40 new communities, but it’s going to take support and Solar United Madagascar and SEED Madagascar are currently raising funds to expand the project. To find out more, or to donate, visit https://madagascar.enthuse.com/cf/solar-schools

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New data discovered by The Eco Experts, shows a recent UK surge inpeople searching for the term how to increase EPC rating. The Google Trends search data shows that this term reached peak popularity from 7th-13th April 2024.

In light of this recent peak in interest, The Eco Experts have shared four ways to help improve your home’s EPC rating.1.  Add an insulating jacket to your hot water tank: If you get your hot water from a tank, you might want to consider adding (or topping up) its insulating jacket. For best results, aim for around 60mm to 80mm thick. Depending on how much you add, you could see savings of around £50 per year in electricity bills. Doing so can also add a few points toward your property’s EPC rating. 

1.  Add an insulating jacket to your hot water tank: If you get your hot water from a tank, you might want to consider adding (or topping up) its insulating jacket. For best results, aim for around 60mm to 80mm thick. Depending on how much you add, you could see savings of around £50 per year in electricity bills. Doing so can also add a few points toward your property’s EPC rating. 

“In an ideal world, you’d eliminate your hot water cylinder altogether. They are effectively large heat emitters that constantly need topping up to stay hot,” explains EPC expert and energy assessor Christopher McFadden


“However, some properties need them, especially if you have solar water heating or need a lot of hot water. In this case, you should make them as ‘heat tight’ as possible by adding insulating jackets that are as thick as you can get them,”. “Modern hot water cylinders have come a long way over the years, so you can also consider getting one with superb factory-fitted insulation, too,”.

2. Replace your light bulbs: Replacing old-fashioned incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescent lamps or LED bulbs could score a few points on your EPC rating. You could also save money in the long run – for a typical 60-watt incandescent bulb; you’ll average around 1,200 hours of lighting before it needs to be replaced. A 6-watt LED bulb, on the other hand, will last upwards of 60,000 hours.

Energy assessor Christopher McFadden explains, “Inefficient lighting, like old incandescent bulbs or spotlights, can significantly increase your electrical bill if used for a long period of time.” 

“Switching them for CFLs or LEDs is one of the simplest and cheapest ways to save you a pretty penny while also improving your EPC rating a little,”.

3. Get cavity wall insulation: As most modern UK homes have a gap between the walls,cavity insulation has become the most common type. It’s also relatively cheap, averaging around £370–£500 for a typical UK home. However, this is not always appropriate for your home, especially if it has a narrow cavity like most 1930-1950s properties. If you have an EPC, it should detail if this is the case. Once installed, you’ll see a substantial benefit to your home’s energy efficiency if appropriate.

“Cavity wall insulation is another great way to boost your EPC rating while also saving money. However, you might want to get some expert advice, as installing it in homes that are not appropriate can cause major headaches in the future, like condensation and mould,” explains Christopher. 

“Apart from older early narrow cavity walled properties, homes in high wind-driven areas or have damaged walls are not advised to get cavity wall insulation,”. 

4. Replace your old boiler: Your heating system greatly impacts your home’s EPC rating, and making it more efficient can add many points. When you install a new boiler, your EPC rating could rise by as much as 40 points. The minimum EPC rating is 39, so getting a new boiler could help you reach the required standard even if you don’t do anything else. 

Consider replacing your boiler with a heat pump, as these renewable devices are three times more efficient than boilers. Heat pumps cost anywhere from £7,000 to over £30,000 to buy and install, depending on the size of your home and the type of heat pump you’re getting, but with the Government’s Boiler Upgrade Scheme, you could get £7500 towards these costs

“The boiler is the home’s primary method of heating. For this reason, it is understandable why switching it out for the most efficient model is the best way to boost your EPC rating. It will also save you tons of money, especially if you have older conventional or back boilers,” Chris explains. 
“Like many things in life, however, ensure you get expert advice before going down this road, and check for potential grants or other finance you can get to help with the cost,”.

However, you can do other simple things to help reduce your heating bills that are not necessarily beneficial to your EPC rating. 

“Some other measures that are not always reflected on an EPC include draughtproofing your home,” explains Chris. “It is a shame to waste energy heating air in your home only to have it ‘leak’ outside, so make your home as ‘airtight’ as possible,” Chris adds. 

“You should also look at blocking off old unused fireplaces,” Chris adds.

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Following the success of last year, Primal Gathering (https://primalgathering.co), the world’s first hands-on regenerative gathering, is returning in UK for a 5-day event  in Selgars Mill, in Devon (https://www.selgars.org) on 14th – 19th May.

Primal Gathering is a unique and intimate five day environmental and social gathering with a mission to help restore people, forests and ecosystems, and leave both the people and the land better than how they were found.

This year festival’s guest speakers and practitionersincludes Indian-British activist and founder of Schumacher College Satish Kumar, Climate Activist Farhana Yamin, well known British Barrister and founder of Lawyers for Nature Paul Powlesland, famous instagram foraging influencer Foraged by Fern, Sophie Shnapps from Brian Eno’s EarthPercent Charity, and music from Mammal Hands and other speakers and musicians.

On this 5-day immersion, guests will have a chance to naturally build a sculpture and pizza oven, learn how to plant food, participate in mushroom inoculation, herbalism, regenerative leadership, place-based regeneration, and learn how to forage with Fern. Woven together with myth, folklore and druidry from the British isles, accompanied by soundscapes from across the world.

Primal Gathering supports participants from thinking about making a change, to taking collective action and inspiring real, lasting and visible impact on the land that we inhabit.

Adriana, a participant from last year, says: “Being part of this gathering of beautiful wonderful people was incredible! It felt like we all knew each other for so long, it felt like home, a safe space to share anything and to be our true authentic selves with no judgement. I learned a lot, cabout how to build a more sustainable future, but also about myself. I left with my heart filled with love, light, compassion and gratitude.”

Nicole Bosky, Founder of Primal Gathering & Primal Leadership, says: “We work with organisations and communities to build cultures of care that foster empathy as a way of working, as we believe empathy is a catalyst towards climate action, and a happier and fulfilled workforce.

Our intention is to lay the foundations of a new emerging regenerative educational model that is participatory, locally responsive, and globally collaborative to address some of the most pressing issues of our time.”.


It is Primal Gathering’s belief that the path to changing the world comes from our capacity to change our individual behaviours, which comes with more ease when done with the support of practical tools, education and community.

Tickets for the event range from £360.00 for Camping, up to £1280 for a Private Wagon, and are available to buy from the website.

Website: www.primalgathering.co

Instagram: @primalgathering

For all press enquiries please contact Carlotta PRcarlotta@carlottapr.com

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For Earth Day, secondary school students in Milton Keynes shared their biggest worries about climate change and the environment and ideas about how technology can offer solutions to the issues.

The school partnered with The Access Group, a leading provider of business management software with customers at more than 9,000 learning institutions, schools and academies in the UK, to encourage secondary students to discuss climate change and global warming, how it affects them and the impact it will have on future generations.

The Access Group – Earth Day Students from Glebe Farm

In a green assembly hosted by The Access Group, students from Glebe Farm School said their main concerns are air pollution caused by cars and fossil fuels, leading to the rise of conditions such as asthma, and polluted oceans with microplastics and dwindling natural resources.

Students also spoke about the impact of extreme weather, such as hotter summers, on the planet and wildlife. They advocated a wider use of renewable energies, and less reliance on cars as potential solutions to global warming.

In a Dragons’ Den style competition, the Year 7 pupils created designs for a piece of technology to address one of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which they pitched to a panel of judges, including Carla Matthews, director of sustainability at The Access Group, and their teachers.

Their ideas included a water filtration system to provide clean water to disadvantaged communities, a variety of vehicles powered by renewable energy sources, a solar powered phone case to charge smart phones and solutions to gather plastic pollutants from the sea and transfer to recycling centres.

The Access Group -Electro Bike Winning Team

First prize was awarded to a team who presented their Electro Bike idea to the judges. The concept focused on harvesting the kinetic energy generated by the bike, which they explained could be rolled out in gyms and leisure centres.

The second prize went to two students who impressed judges with their Cook-a-Sun solar powered oven, and third prize was awarded to a team who created Tippy Taps – a filtration system which sterilised water[LJ1] .

Year 7 teacher, Sherine Swan, said: “The students have taken away some valuable lessons from the challenge and had the chance to explore how innovation and technology can play a big part in addressing environmental issues.

“We were impressed with their creativity, innovation and the tech solutions they developed. Most importantly, it got them thinking about what they can do, both individually and together, to make a bigger, collective difference.”

The Access Group – Electro Bike Winner Team

Sarah Bennett, CEO of Inspiring Futures through Learning (IFtL) – the education trust that runs Glebe Farm School, added “At IFtL, days like this place great importance on our environmental responsibilities as an organisation, which are reflected in both the curriculum and daily operations. Environmental considerations are embedded throughout learning activities and common practices across all our 16 schools both in Milton Keynes and Corby, in line with our strategic aims to lower carbon emissions as set out in the environmental strategy and targets”.

Carla Matthews from The Access Group, said: “Big businesses and technology companies can learn from the earnest and insightful views of young people. Climate change and global warming will affect their future.  They’re rightly concerned about the planet and have many of their own suggestions and solutions for fixing it.

The Access Group – Glebe Farm Earth Day Cupcake

“We’ve been enthused and inspired by the students’ innovative solutions we’ve seen today. This is a credit to the school for building environmental awareness and knowledge about the United Nations’ 17 SDGs into the curriculum.  Including global issues and challenges in their lessons ensures pupils are well-informed, mindful of global issues, and more aware of how they can collectively drive change. What was also inspiring to hear about was how they have taken this on board and are seeking to change the behaviours of others.

“At The Access Group, we are passionate about sustainability and are embedding it across our organisation. Working with our customers globally gives us a deep understanding of the impact of what we do. 

“2023 was the hottest year since global records began in 1850. Weather events are becoming more extreme and frequent. Mutual collaboration with our people, our customers, our suppliers and our communities will enable us to pool resources, share knowledge, and find effective solutions.   

“We need to act quickly and with determination to make a difference.”

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Tell us about you..

I’m Ben and I’m the creator of Tiny Eco Home Life. It’s a website all about inspiring people to live a more sustainable life. Through the site, I’m committed to sharing genuine, helpful and reliable information in the form of articles and guides across all major areas of your home life.

Armed with this information, you can then start to make swaps, switches and habit changes to achieve maximum positive impact for you.

Alongside running the site, I’m a full-time freelance writer from my home in Salford. Articles, blog posts, web pages, email campaigns, guides, e-books, video scripts…you name it, I’ve probably written it. 

When I’m not at my laptop, you’ll find me outdoors, walking my energetic cocker spaniel Murphy, at the gym, having a coffee (several) or being a dad to my two year old son. 

How did you become a freelance writer?

My writing career started just after I graduated from the University of Sheffield back with a Biology degree in 2010. I ventured over to south-west Spain for a stint of living and teaching a bit of English. On my return I wanted to keep in touch with Spanish culture as best as I could, so I started volunteering to write for a couple of Spanish football websites. Once I got the bug, I decided to start my own website.

I eventually found myself in a digital marketing role (mainly thanks to experience of writing on the side) and for the first time in five years, I was actually paid to write. After a number of years in digital marketing and still writing on the side (but this time mostly paid), I decided it was time to take the leap into self-employment. 

What made you join us and others on a sustainable journey?

Despite growing up in an industrialised city, I was always attracted to nature and the outdoors as a youngster. One of my favourite parts of the year was our annual family trip to Chester Zoo. I loved it. I’ve since learned that zoos have their pros and cons from an ethical and sustainable perspective. 

But if it wasn’t for zoos, I don’t think I would have developed a love for animals. It led me to a period of work experience at my local Animals in Distress sanctuary and to volunteering for Lancashire Wildlife Trust. If this wouldn’t have happened, it’s unlikely that I would go on to study Animal and Plant Science at University, which is where my journey with the environment and sustainability really started. Without that, I wouldn’t have started my website.

What is your favourite advice to offer?

The best place, and perhaps the only place, to start is with the things we can control in our own homes and everyday lives.

If I was to ask you, “What do you think the biggest source of carbon emissions is for retail giant Amazon?” You might say transport. 

What about Google or Netflix? Server power, perhaps? 

No, the biggest source of emissions is their finances. It’s where they hold their cash. 

You or I might not be a tech giant, but who we bank with can have a major impact on our green living credentials. That’s because most banks, savings accounts and pension providers invest money into businesses and projects that support the fossil fuel industry, deforestation, factory farming and other unethical endeavours. 

According to the latest Banking on Climate Chaos report, big banks across the world have provided $5.5 trillion (yes, trillion) to fossil fuel companies since the 2015 Paris Climate Change Agreement. In the UK, the worst culprits are Barclays, HSBC, NatWest, Lloyds and Santander who together have provided £100s of billions of financing to fossil-fuel based businesses. 

So, switching to a bank that strives to be sustainable with its investments is a simple, yet immensely impactful way to create change. Switching to a more ethical bank means your money is not being used to fund or support environmentally harmful activities. 

What is your best sustainable decision so far? 

Starting Tiny Eco Home Life has to be one of my best sustainable decisions. Purely because of the number of people it’s had a positive impact on. It’s been incredibly rewarding to share knowledge with others and be there to support people when they decide to embrace more sustainable living practices. 

As a normal person living in a city, I’m not striving for perfection. Instead, I’m focused on making improvements and taking small, sustainable steps in my own life. Researching and writing about sustainability has been a fantastic way to discover new ideas that I can put into action myself.

Some people argue that individual actions don’t matter and won’t make a significant difference for the environment. I strongly disagree. 

I believe that starting with easy changes, such as switching to a green energy provider, choosing a more ethical bank as discussed above, reducing food waste, carrying a refillable water bottle, can create a ripple effect. Once you’ve made a few simple changes, you’ll gain momentum to evolve other areas of your life in a positive way. I’ve even written a guide featuring 100 ways to be more sustainable at home, which you can download on Tiny Eco.

My motto is to keep things ‘simple and sustainable’, focussing on small, manageable changes that can create a lasting, positive impact on the environment. It’s not lost on me that just 57 companies are linked with 80% of greenhouse gas emissions since 2016, but I think that change won’t happen with the pressure, influence and will of the people.

Checkout Bens free guide on 100 ways to live a more sustainable life!

https://www.tinyecohomelife.com/sustainable-living

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On Friday 19 April, as the World Bank and IMF Spring Meetings concluded in Washington, DC, ‘Debt for Climate’ activists from Africa, Europe and America staged global protests to declare that 80 years of debt colonialism are enough.

In Lusaka, Zambia, activists delivered a letter to the World Bank demanding debt cancellation for Global South countries to address their crippling debt crisis.

Hundreds march through Lusaka, Zambia on April 19, 2024 as part of a global day of action demanding debt cancellation for climate justice. (Angela Nandeka/AP Content Services for Glasgow Actions Team)


“Zambia is in the middle of a huge debt crisis, worsened by 80 years of crippling IMF and World Bank loans, leaving minimal funds for essential services. Zambia urgently needs to deal with the climate crisis and economic relief to protect its citizens, but instead is trapped spending billions in debt repayments to creditors. Debt cancellation is crucial for Zambia’s social, economic, and climate justice.” stated Precious Kalombwana, Debt For Climate Zambia.

In Ghana, where interest payments consume up to 100% of national revenue, Debt For Climate Ghana organized an educational event at the Strategic Youth Network for Development, attended by over 40 people.

“Hefty debt payments stifle our growth, poverty rises, and climate adaptation suffers here in Ghana. We have no chance of meeting any Sustainable Development Goals. The Global North institutions, like the IMF and predatory private lenders like BlackRock must cancel this debt to enable and support a just-transition and a sustainable future for Ghana,” stated Nana Mariam, Debt For Climate Ghana.


At the National Autonomous University of Mexico, Debt For Climate Mexico hosted a public radio show featuring prominent environmental and social justice activists, including representatives from the National Promoter for the Suspension of Public Debt Payments, National Front for the 40-Hour Work-week, and National Union of Indigenous Peoples’ Workers for Forest Care. 


Diana Cantarey, Debt for Climate Mexico, said “It’s no secret that lenders like the IMF and the World Bank impose financing conditions at the expense of the working class. A large portion of the national wealth, created in our country, is not reinvested back into the population but is instead used to pay the unsolicited development of fossil fuel infrastructure and industry, as well as the interest on a massive illegitimate public debt.”


In Hamburg, Debt for Climate Germany activists took to the streets of the annual Fridays for Future Global Climate Strike addressing their government’s role in perpetuating the colonial debt burden on the Global South.


In the United States, Debt for Climate US blocked the road outside IMF and World Bank meetings and performed street theater to illustrate how the IMF loans shackle the Global South. Reb Spring declared “Those of us in the Global North, the wealthiest nations, must demand our governments pressure these institutions and private lenders to cancel the debt. This financial colonialism must end.”

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Harvest to Harvest in the Southern Wilds
The Diary of a Country Parson – Peter Owen Jones

In the Mountains Green – new book!

‘As a boy, I would walk out into the fields alone. Looking south, I set my eyes on the far ridge, wondering, not knowing, what lay beyond it. What world existed there?
Now, as a man, I stand on the top of the Downs, up on the mountains green. To the south, the land folds down to the sea, but to the north the boy is there looking back at me…’

In a series of joyous, reflec1ve and inspired diary pieces, Peter Owen Jones takes us on a voyage through the yearly cycle – a journey of inner and outer discovery. With the
variety and colour of Bri1sh seasonal life and the beauty of the Sussex countryside as his backdrop, Owen Jones observes the magical in the everyday – in the birds, bees
and buFerflies, but also in people. With lightness of touch and good humour, he calls for an awakening to the world around us, to ourselves, and ul1mately to meaning in life.

Originally published as a series of separate ar1cles in Sussex Life magazine, the essays gathered here provide a delighful glimpse into the life of a nature-loving country
parson.

PETER OWEN JONES spent his early years in the countryside before working as a farm
labourer. He was ordained, becoming a parish priest in 1992. He has since written a
handful of books – including his most recent, Conversations with Nature (2022) – and
presented several award-winning television programmes. At the time of writing he
still serves as a parish priest in Sussex, England.

16 May 2024
120 pp
21.5 x 13.5 cm
paperback
£12.99