Environmental Articles and Travel Advice
WWOOFing gives you the opportunity to experience idealistic lifestyles while learning more about organic farming and the environment, all for free.
How much do gap years damage the environment? Are backpackers killing the ozone layer? And do they care? One student decided to investigate.
After years of deliberation and millions of votes, the ‘New 7 Wonders of Nature’ have been revealed. The question is, what's your favourite?
Calling all green gappers! Yes, I know you're out there somewhere. And even if you're not feeling particularly green today or aren't a current gapper, just lend me two minutes of your internet-browsing time (that Eastenders episode update can wait!). I promise to keep my soapbox firmly to one side, my feet on the ground and not to go all green and airy-fairy on you.
How would you like to fall asleep in a hammock in the rainforest listening to monkeys and toucans, and help out on vital reforestation projects? Or nurse orphaned lion cubs in Kenya? In this guide you'll find out the different types of conservation opportunities that are available and what you can expect from a volunteer project.
Deforestation simply put means the removal of trees and forests, usually through cutting or burning. In South America, most deforestation takes place because of a need for agricultural land. In countries with poor economies, such as those in South America, people turn to agriculture to meet the everyday needs of living.
Global warming is an issue we have all been made very aware of. However, although it appears to be a very straightforward process, numerous studies conducted on the problem have yielded varied results and conflicting evidence. This means there is little certainty over what is actually happening, the reasons for it, and the implications.
Making your gap year environmentally friendly doesn't mean that you have to live in a tree house and eat roots. But with a little extra thought, your gap year can be rewarding and help save the planet. With environmental issues increasingly creeping into newspapers, politics and everyday life, how can the gap year traveller do their bit?
Meet Alice and Jess, two intrepid lasses heading off to volunteer in exotic Ecuador for the next few months. This cheese-loving duo will be taking part in a combination placement with The Leap which includes working with local communities to develop medicinal gardens, breeding piranhas and teaching English to local guides.