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If you need some inspiration on the impact that you can have on the environment that you live in, check out Indy - The 5-year-old girl who is petitioning for recycling bins in her local Wandsworth Park!

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Tourism

Cornwall, it's just too god damn beautiful! 

What's Going On Here?

Visit Cornwall, the county's tourist board has stopped promoting two of its most iconic spots. This comes as record numbers descend on the county in search of unspoilt beaches and untouched coastline.


What Does This Mean?

It is estimated that visitor numbers to the UK county are up by about 20% this year on the usual 4.5 million figure. Many put this down to the sizzling temperatures and not to mention the beautiful scenery… And we aren't just talking about the smouldering Captain Poldark ;). 

There has been so much love for Cornwall this summer that the Cornish tourist board has stopped promoting Porthcurno Beach and Kynance Cove. This is due to a variety of reasons but one of which is the damage to the local environment.

Why Should We Care? 

Swarms of tourists can have a major impact on the very areas that they are there to explore. Natural ecosystems can be left vulnerable to; loss of habitats due to increased rates of erosion, more litter and not to mention higher levels of air pollution left by the smelly traffic jams!

Here at curious.earth we love the fact that more Brits than ever are choosing a staycation and choosing not to fly abroad! But let’s enjoy the beauty of the UK and not all go to the same place right? 

With 15 national parks and over 12,000 km of coastline we ask: “Is there anywhere better to explore? Just ask Ross Edgley (who is currently swimming around the UK).

Be Curious!

Curious.martyn spent his 2017 visiting all 15 UK national parks... here are his top 3! 

  1. Exmoor National Park - Bloomin marvellous! Go in the off season as it gets busy. 
  2. Snowdonia National Park - Grab a bike and head to the mountains to tackle ‘Pen Y Pass’ one of the highest paved roads in Wales!  
  3. Cairngorms National Park - Wild camping? River swimming? Peace and quiet? Look no further! 


Don't forget to let us know where you end up on your staycation @curious.earth.hq

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Climate Change

Should we have less children? And can you be a green-parent?

What's Going On Here?
Having children can be one of the most destructive things you can do to the environment, but there are now more and more options available to reducing the impact of children.


What Does This Mean?

Research from Lund University in Sweden, shows that having one fewer child per family can save "an average of 58.6 tonnes of CO2e per year!"

You may have children, you might not be thinking of having children just yet, or maybe yours are all grown up and thinking about having children of their own.

The key to a sustainable future for humans on planet earth involves us educating and empowering future generations to question the norms and disrupt our traditional way of life that has become so un-sustainable.

Why Should We Care? 

At such a young age, it's not children's fault that they make such a mess (from both ends). You can implement some of these changes even if you don't have children and we're sure you know someone who has small children or grand-children that could benefit and become a green-parent.

Cloth Nappies - 25% of a disposable nappy is plastic, with 3 billion a year ending up in landfill.

Swap shops - whether it is 2nd, 3rd, or 4th hand clothes, swap and charity shops are a great place to buy clothes.

Wooden toys - research has shown that plastic toys can be toxic, as well as being unsustainable as most are un-recyclable.

Recyclable products - if you are going to buy single-use products, make sure that they are recyclable, like Ellas Kitchen 

Hmmm...is it time to say goodbye to plastic 'Happy Meal' and 'Kinder Surprise' toys?

Be Curious!

“Dad why doesn’t our park have a recycling bin?” An excellent question from 5 year old Indy when she was picking up litter in Wandsworth Park, London, but one without a good answer. So the local schoolgirl has taken it upon herself to get one. Go Indy!! 

Calling in the council and school she is making it her mission to get a dedicated recycling bin installed. A small change, but like the butterfly effect, could become huge!

Check out this video to see how much plastic Indy collected from the park in just 1 hour.

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Other news we found curious...

The search engine that has planted 35 million + trees from the profits made from people using their search engine... - ECOSIA
Cheers to that: Drax in talks with beer industry over CCS solution to CO2 shortage - BusinessGreen
Tax havens shielding companies responsible for deforestation and overfishing - Guardian
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