I've been an environmentalist for 25 years now... Some people might think I'm a bit of a fanatic. Jeremy Clarkson would, no doubt, belittle my desire for a greener, healthier world for this and future generations by saying I'm an 'arty-farty, Lycra-clad cycling leftie-weftie who knits his own muesli' - or, more likely, would just punch me in the face. But I don't care. Because I know that unless every one of us does our bit (and is clearly told what 'our bit' is), we face a very unpleasant future.
I've never been a huge fan of the butterfly effect. The idea that small changes have big effects - like the eponymous fluttering of distant butterfly wings creating the appearance of a hurricane weeks later - can, I have always felt, lead to rather pessimistic thoughts. At its worst, blaming momentous events on a butterfly lets us abrogate our responsibility to tackle big problems with the phrase - "Oh, there's nothing I can do about it".
Mark 23 November 2014 in your calendars as the day WWE made history once again and completed a circle that began with the purchase of WCW. During the Survivor Series Pay-Per-View, the iconic Sting made his debut in a WWE ring and solidified himself legendary status as one of the greatest wrestlers to have ever lived.
Tigers are iconic - perhaps the ultimate icon of the wild. We borrow their image to symbolize power, grace and beauty, yet we invade their habitat and hunt them to extinction. In the early 20th century, there were estimated to be 100,000 tigers in the wild. Today, there are thought to be as few as 3,200 - a catastrophic decline. This hard reality creates the need for business and the conservation community to come together in concerted action.
We have heard a lot of comment from anti-coal campaigners in the last several months, especially during the public consultation period for the new energy strategy. Their opinion is important to us, as are opinions of all stakeholders. But presenting the EBRD as the last institution that clings to coal and focuses on fossil fuels is incorrect on many levels.
When WWF first suggested I make a film with them to highlight the plight of the mountain gorillas and the local communities in an area targeted for exploration by international oil companies, it had never crossed my mind that my life might end in a tropical rainforest. We landed in Uganda late at night, after an eight-hour flight, and arrived at our hotel feeling a little deflated. We were all tired from the 18-hour journey and there was no food in sight. I had brought my eight-year-old daughter Gracie with me. We cuddled up with Rabbit (her favourite toy) and fell asleep, exhausted, but excited for what the morning would bring.
The global community simply cannot keep ignoring the desperate, passionate cries of people such as Naderev Saño. Millions around the world are already suffering greatly from the impacts of our fast changing climate and scientists keep telling us that such damage and disruption will only intensify in the years and decades ahead.
Illegally logged wood undermines economies in some of the world's poorest countries, as well as threatening precious rainforests and rare animals, including the orang-utan and gorilla in Indonesia and the Congo Basin. Not to mention the significant contribution that deforestation makes to carbon emissions and climate change.