Remembering the Really Wild Show 30 years on

Sep 21, 2017   //   by Nicholas Milton   //   Blog  //  No Comments

RWSIt is 1987. A Mars Bar costs 20p. Margaret Thatcher has just secured a historic third term. George Michael Wants Your Sex, Bono is With or Without You and Rick Astely is Never Gonna Give You Up. Topping them all in September I join the third series of the Really Wild Show as a 21 year old researcher on loan from university. On arrival at the plush BBC offices in the upmarket end of Bristol I am instantly awestruck. After all this is the BBC Natural History Unit, the people who had produced Life on Earth, a programme I’d watched over and over again on my video player until the tape broke. READ MORE

Fingers in the Sparkle Jar

Jun 9, 2017   //   by Nicholas Milton   //   Blog  //  No Comments

FISJFingers in the Sparkle Jar by Chris Packham is a beguiling book. It is a beautiful book. And it is an incredibly brave book. Love and angst ridden throughout, its literary meanderings paint a really vivid picture of growing up contrasting the beauty of nature with the ugliness of life. Reading it I found out Chris and I had a lot in common. The 1970s upbringing in suburbia. The feeling of alienation. Being bullied at school. Stashing away pornographic magazines so your Mum wouldn’t find them.  Punk music – him the Clash, me the Boomtown Rats. And of course nature.

Fair trade on International Women’s Day

Mar 8, 2017   //   by Nicholas Milton   //   Blog  //  No Comments

Practical ActionToday is International Women’s Day which also falls in Fairtrade Fortnight. One of the most important ways of lifting women and girls out of poverty in developing countries is to promote fair trade. According to the Fairtrade Foundation a quarter of all farmers and workers in fair trade are women. Of these just under half work on plantations and just a quarter are members of small farmer organisations such as co-operatives. In contrast the United Nations calculates around 70% of agricultural work is done by women. So why the difference? The answer is men still own most of the land and transport crops to market meaning they control the household income. Recognizing and investing in women farmers is good for development as many are catalysts for change in their communities. The Fairtrade Foundation is addressing this gender gap through a variety of projects. You can also help by buying fair trade from your local Co-operative store who are the largest independent supplier of fair trade products in the UK.


Nicholas Milton

I am a marketing and communication expert with over 20 years experience. Over this time I have campaigned on issues I feel passionately about - conservation, climate change, racial equality, land reform, rural poverty and most recently international development. I am also a successful freelance journalist and have been published in the Guardian, Times, Daily Telegraph and the Independent.

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