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by Rowena Edwards

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Bottled Up

Hi friends, As a South Australian, I've been lucky enough to take plastic bottle refund schemes for granted most of my life. I remember the huge feed bags in the garage getting fuller and fuller until we'd stuff them into back of the car and drive them to the recycling depot. I'd sit in the car and listen to the clanging, popping and clattering of tin cans, milk cartons and soft drink containers being sorted into their respective crates, and then Dad would reappear with a nice big handful of coins! Magic! I also remember road tripping through other Australian states that weren't so lucky and gaping at the debris covering the roadsides, testament to thousands of thirsty travellers chucking…
Rowena Edwards
June 8, 2018
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Queensland Passes Much Needed Land-Clearing Laws

I’m super excited to be sharing this post with you today because just a few weeks ago, when I started drafting it, the title was ‘Queensland clears its forests at a higher rate than Brazil’. Bit of a turnaround, eh? Australia is often perceived as a vast wilderness of snakes, sharks, spiders, kangaroos, koalas, and by default, the habitats they rely upon. So it may come as a shock to hear that since 2013, the northern state of Queensland has been clearing its forests at a ‘globally significant’ rate. In 2015-16, that rate was about 0.45%. For comparison, in the same period, Brazil cleared the Amazon at a rate of 0.24%. This was largely due to the scrapping of many…
Rowena Edwards
May 14, 2018
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Beelievers

Hi everyone! Some good news for blog #2 - after years and years of public campaigning, the EU has agreed to ban the three most dangerous bee-killing pesticides! These pesticides are commonly known as neonics, which is short for neonicotinoids. They have been linked to bee poisoning and colony collapse disorder, two of the biggest threats to bee survival worldwide. With such well-documented, disastrous effects on pollinators, the banning of the three most dangerous neonics - imidacloprid, clothianidin and thiamethoxam - is long overdue. Neonics become incorporated into plants' cells as they grow, including in the pollen and nectar. When insects eat the plant, their nerve cells are destroyed and they die. As you can imagine, this makes neonics a…
Rowena Edwards
May 8, 2018
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Little Blog, Big Dreams

Hi everyone, and welcome to The Afforestation Project Blog!   I’m insanely excited to be getting this underway and a lot of nature puns will probably escape before I can rein them in (think ‘digging holes’, ‘sowing seeds’ etc. Collective groaning ensues.) This is the first blog entry, so I’m going to use it to introduce myself and start an open discussion about what this blog will look like and what it will set out to achieve. Yes, it could end up being a one-way discussion, but if you’re discovering this months later, feel free to reignite things with a comment - I will read and respond, I promise! I’m Rowena, an Australian traveller with an affinity for Ireland and…
Rowena Edwards
April 29, 2018

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