My passion for wildlife was stimulated in my teenage years, mainly thanks to my Mum (a biology teacher) who made me look at the world differently and being inspired by writers such as Paul Colinvaux. This early interest developed into biological research in my 20s, when I did practical conservation work in places such as the Comores and Mongolia.
Today, any free time I have I spend pottering around the flatlands of East Anglia or escaping to our hut on the Northumberland coast looking for wildlife and castles with my wife and children.
I studied Biological Sciences at Oxford and Conservation at UCL, and worked at Wildlife and Countryside Link before spending five years as Conservation Director at Plantlife.
I joined the RSPB as Head of Government Affairs in 2004, became Head of Sustainable Development in 2006, before becoming Conservation Director in 2011.
Many of you may have been following the Radio 4 Shared Planet series. If you are still looking for answers, here is Hans Rosling providing the clearest explanation (and the most creative presentation) I have seen about what is happening to the world's population. If anything, it reinforces my view that consumption is the issue to focus on - as I outlined in my previous blog here.
So get a cup of tea/coffee, put your feet up and watch this...
The films director has now pursuaded his distributor to make "Consumed" freely available on YouTube
Some interesting comment there also. Shows what we're all up against!!
13 minutes very well spent!
Are we getting to the heart of the matter with all things environmental? Things begin to look up with TV ads, rebranding to embrace all of nature, Bill Turnbull on Bees, some interesting debate elsewhere really getting to grips with the idea of reaching out to the currentluy disconnected!
Could I suggest a further film, Consumed, Inside the Belly of the Beast, which is quite posssibly the best problem definition and explanation I've seen regarding the psychological aspects of consumerism and the effects on sustainability.
An equally powerful review is provided on the United Nation University website here: ourworld.unu.edu/.../overcoming-overconsumption-before-it-consumes-us and includes links to Slackjaw Films where a DVD can be purchased for a very modest fee.