Maria Sowter

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Why It Shouldn't Cost 5p to Realise We Need to Reduce Our Plastic Bag Waste

(0) Comments | Posted 31 July 2013 | (16:30)

Back on World Oceans Day in June I made a promise to reduce my use of plastic bags in a bid to contribute to a global pledge to help protect our oceans. Since then I've been making a conscious effort to take tote canvas bags to the shops,...

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Happy Birthday Malala Yousafzai: Why We Should Educate Girls

(14) Comments | Posted 10 July 2013 | (00:00)

Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai has become an icon for the fight for women's education and, despite being only just about to turn 16 on the 12th July, has been named one of TIME's 100 most influential people 2013. In 2009, age 11, Malala began her blog on the...

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Why We Should All Make a Promise This World Oceans Day

(0) Comments | Posted 6 June 2013 | (17:17)

Held annually on the 8th June, World Oceans Day, aims to change people's perspectives and habits by educating them about the importance the ocean holds for the Earth. Events both online and offline across the globe celebrate the ocean as a unique source of life that connects us...

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Ten Ways to Travel Responsibly

(19) Comments | Posted 28 May 2013 | (15:53)

Responsible travel is having an awareness of the global community in which we live and employing this awareness on a local scale. It is a type of travel that involves an ethos of being culturally aware and environmentally responsible, as well as conscious of the economic factors that we contribute...

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Why Is Preserving Biodiversity Important?

(1) Comments | Posted 22 May 2013 | (00:00)

Biological diversity, commonly known as biodiversity, is a term used to describe the wide variety of living organisms and ecosystems found on Earth. Biodiversity is the extremely complex unification of innumerable species of flora, fauna and microbes that exist into one environmental system, and is the foundation for...

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When Is It Okay To Take a Gap Year?

(0) Comments | Posted 13 May 2013 | (00:00)

A gap year by definition is the taking of time out to travel between life stages, also referred to as a sabbatical, often including volunteering or taking part in various projects along the way. Many people question an 'appropriate' time to take a gap year, often worrying that...

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Why You Shouldn't Dismiss an Unpaid Internship

(1) Comments | Posted 2 May 2013 | (16:54)

It's common knowledge that the current jobs market is competitive to say the least, with youth unemployment on the rise. The controversy surrounding unpaid internships then is illustrative of the dilemma many graduates face, stuck between a rock and a hard place where the need to earn money is in...

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Tips for Choosing the Right Volunteering Project

(0) Comments | Posted 2 May 2013 | (13:51)

Responsible travel that includes volunteering can the most rewarding kind, allowing the traveller an extended period of time to get to know and give something back to a community or cause. Whether you're looking to make a tangible difference in conservation of endangered wildlife or the sustainable development of communities,...

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Six Questions You Need to Ask Yourself Before Embarking on an Adventure Travel Experience

(1) Comments | Posted 22 April 2013 | (15:29)

From looking into the eye of a whale shark as you scuba dive in the Indian ocean, to reaching the peak of Mount Kilimanjaro, or capturing the perfect photograph of Angkor Wat - adventure travel means something a little different for everyone. It can mean pushing the boundaries of your...

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