Outdoor Philosophy

Harnessing the power of adventure to inspire environmental action

Category: Sustainability

All That Glitters

‘No to mining, yes to water and life.’ Cajamarca campaign slogan   I think Jennifer Rodriguez may be the bravest person I’ve ever met. 26 years old, with a young daughter, Jennifer was – and is – at the heart of the campaign to protect the small Colombian community of Cajamarca from the almost unbelievably…

Monkeys and Sloths

Rosamira had told me I would almost certainly see monkeys. Not just any old monkeys, either, but Cotton Top Tamarin monkeys, or Titis; tiny creatures with a messy white hairdo that are only found in NW Colombia. And so I detoured to the small town of Santa Catalina, about half a day from Cartagena, and…

Coming Down the Mountain

I arrived at One Love thanks to Manuela, a friend of a colleague of a friend, who I’d not yet met. ‘Kate’ she said, on the mobile phone that I’d finally (more or less) figured out how to get to work in Colombia, ‘I know biodiversity and nature conservation is your main focus but would…

Costa Rica

Cargo ship-induced emotional wrestling with the spectre of STUFF, aka global consumerism, its enormity and its impacts, left me even more curious and keen to explore Costa Rica: No 1 in The Happy Planet Index of high quality human life for low environmental impact, and a world leader in terms of forest regeneration and protection…

How to Build a Bamboo Bicycle

First, choose your bamboo! Held upright in a wooded rack along a wall in the portion of East London warehouse that houses the Bamboo Bicycle Club, is a small forest of canes, loosely organised by length. We’re told to look for pieces with long, straight fibres, few blemishes, and no black lines. There’s a surprising…

Visiting Lyon

More and more people, buying more and more stuff. Because the production and distribution and packaging of that stuff uses energy and resources, and creates waste, this simple more-people-more-stuff formula lurks at the very heart of our current profoundly unsustainable societies. As WWF put it so powerfully, if everyone on earth enjoyed the lifestyle of…