A couple of things which I’ve learned this week.
Tip number one: if you have to bake something delicious for a school fete or fair or (as we did for a charity event) either make it something healthy or if you don’t want to be a party pooper make it something fatty and sweet and sugary and creamy and sticky and stodgy but don’tmake something that you would serve as individual bakes. Make a whole pie, flan, quiche, cake, tart, loaf or whatever that way you won’t eat any before you make your donation (unless you are totally shameless of course). Doing this helped me to survive a baking session my daughter suddenly remembered a promise to donate to on Friday just as we were about to head off on our trip. It nearly killed me but it was so much easier not to eat anything. If I…
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A few months ago, at a dinner in New York, an aquaintance got into a conversation where a guest asked, “Why all the fuss about elephants – they mean nothing to me personally. Why should I bother whether or not they go extinct?”
The comment, and the attitude it reflected, has concerned me ever since. I don’t know if it was made out ignorance, arrogance, an attempt to provoke, or the desire for genuine knowledge. I prefer to think it is the latter.
So I asked myself, why should they bother? What should elephants mean to someone who has never had the good fortune to meet them?
The scientist in me was the first to answer, for diversity in ecosystems reflects a more vibrant, interesting, and robust life-support system for the planet. Elephants play an important role. They are key-stone species, terrestrial-ecosystem architects, and gardeners without parallel.
In tropical rain…
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