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Nature is not natural to us anymore!

BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine has released the results of a survey, which reveals that 98% of the 2000 people it surveyed were unable to name common trees.

Read more here.



Aurora Robson – Recycling Plastic Into Art

Aurora Robson is an StFF beneficiary artist – see the Waimea Ocean Film Festival project.

In this video, Aurora explains how she artistically ‘interrupts the waste stream’ to make beautiful sculpture from waste plastic.


IPCC report: “Nobody on this planet is going to be untouched by the impacts of climate change”

The Chairman of the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) said today that:

Nobody on this planet is going to be untouched by the impacts of climate change

Professor Rajendra Pachauri, Chairman, IPCC

The Report’s Chair says that:

We have to re-frame climate change as an exciting challenge for the most creative minds.

Dr Chris Field, Report Chair


See the BBC’s coverage here.


Read the Report here.


Climate Girl – Parrys Raines – award winner

Parrys Raines is a great friend of Sculpt the Future Foundation and the Plastiki.  Her website Climate Girl provides inspiration for any young person who wants to effect change towards a more positive future for the planet.

It is therefore no surprise, but very pleasing, that Parrys has won a Layne Beachley Aim for the Stars Foundation award in the Environmental category.

Keep an eye on Parrys – she IS a STAR!!

Parrys – part of the Plastiki Team – Sydney 2010




Professor Bryan Clarke dies – founder of the Frozen Ark Project

Professor Bryan Clarke was instrumental in the founding of the ‘Frozen Ark’ project – to save samples of frozen cells containing DNA from endangered species – the animal equivalent of the ‘Millennium Seed Bank’ created by Kew Gardens to conserve the seeds of the world’s plants.

In 1971 he was appointed Foundation Professor of Genetics at Nottingham University and remained there until his retirement in 1997.  Professor Clarke died on 27 February 2014 aged 81.

Professor Clarke was an inspiration to thousands of students and it is said, due to his research on snails, that he gave his name to the snail in The Magic Roundabout.

The snail Cepaea nemoralis (ALAMY)
Read full obituary in The Telegraph.


Impact of climate change on a remote Himalayan landscape

Kickstarter Project to produce a documentary to explore climate change, industrial farming and urban migration on remote Himalayan landscapes.

The acceleration of urban migration, coupled with the ravages of climate change, have left many Kumaoni villages abandoned, their landscapes irrevocably altered.  By involving the youth of West Binsar Valley in filming this documentary, they are given an opportunity to learn a professional skill while examining their cultural heritage.

Ryan Stock, Producer

StFF support has helped the project reach its Kickstarter target and you can check it out here.

Media Workshop with Binsar Valley youth