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More trees, please

Emi Murphy and Jane Wilde from Friends of the Earth, explain why increasing the amount of trees in the UK should be a priority

Friends of the Earth (FOTE) are a non-profit organisation and international community dedicated to protecting the natural world, as well as the wellbeing of everyone in it. They lead campaigns, provide resources and information, and drive solutions to our greatest environmental problems. Their most recent campaign is focused on getting the UK government to double tree cover by 2045, to help combat climate and environmental destruction. Emi Murphy and Jane Wilde from FOTE, each share how and why we all need to do more.

Emi Murphy, Friends of the Earth trees campaigner

Think about a tree-based memory, whether from your childhood or later. It’s likely to be a cheerful one — perhaps it involves a tree you liked to climb or seek shade under, or maybe it’s one that added a touch of nature to your daily urban life. It’s clear that trees can make us happy, but they’ve also got a wider role to play — and it’s one that we’ll all be grateful for in the future.

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About Vegan Life

Welcome to our August issue — time is really flying this year. I recently watched the BBC series Years and Years, a dystopian drama following the lives of a middle class family, set in the not so distant future. Though the script has come from the imaginations of its talented writers, it’s terrifyingly believable. Floods, disease, famine, displacement, recession, homelessness, the re-election of Trump, the supremacy of technology and nuclear war are all part of daily life. As things go from bad to worse, the grandmother and matriarch of the family delivers a powerful speech, telling her grandchildren: “It’s all your fault… Dear God, what a carnival. This is the world we built. Congratulations, cheers all.” And this struck a real chord with me. Programmes like this, even though fictional, serve as a reminder that we aren’t doing enough and that we need to continue spreading our vegan message far and wide if we want to tackle the huge problems that could be headed our way. The task in hand can seem overwhelming, but there are so many people helping to make the world a better place. This issue, we meet Derek Sarno who is bringing veganism to the masses through his collaboration with Tesco, we talk to Friends of The Earth about the importance of increasing the amount of trees in the UK, Maria Slough interviews Oggs founder, Hannah Carter, who is working tirelessly to put the egg industry into decline and Samantha Fung discusses her powerful artivism. Let’s keep heading in the right direction.

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