Zion Lights
Zion is author of The Ultimate Guide to Green Parenting, Contributing Editor with JUNO magazine and a mother of two.

Zion was dubbed 'Britain's greenest mother' in August 2015 by The Daily Telegraph and called 'an eco pragmatist, happily heavy on evidence' by The Guardian in September 2015.

You can find out more about Zion via her website.

Entries by Zion Lights

'Science Can't Save Us' - Do You Have Any Evidence to Back That Up?

(0) Comments | Posted 30 September 2015 | (00:00)

What do the following things have in common?: Renewable energy subsidies have been cut. Badger cull trials are being carried out across the country. Shale gas extraction (fracking) has been given the go-ahead. The answer is that these are all recent examples of decisions our government has made...

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Young Girls Are More Than Just Pretty Faces: Let's Remember That

(1) Comments | Posted 20 July 2015 | (22:36)

A three-year-old girl is climbing a tree in a park. A man walking by comments to her mother: 'she should have been born a boy!' The mother makes a general comment of agreement, while I grit my teeth and tell myself that I am overreacting, that he means well, and...

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People vs Austerity: An Assembly of Hope

(6) Comments | Posted 7 June 2015 | (01:56)

Allow me a moment of doom and gloom. £12billion in welfare cuts. The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), described by the Executive Director of War on Want as 'an assault on European and US societies by transnational corporations'. Despite major opposition and the...

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Radical Change Is Needed to Fix Our Education System - This Could Be It

(0) Comments | Posted 6 September 2014 | (00:51)


Broadly speaking, it's nice to think that we've been making progress in many areas over the years, including science, medicine, the way we build houses and the way we use energy. Unfortunately we can't speak so positively of the British education...

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In Defence of Bedsharing - Dispelling the Shoddy Science and Examining the Facts

(0) Comments | Posted 18 July 2014 | (00:07)

The latest draft guidance issued by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) recommends that parents should be warned not to share a bed with their baby for the first year of life in order to reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).

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Who's Afraid of the Green Party?

(1) Comments | Posted 25 May 2014 | (03:07)

It began months ahead of the election, with a steady stream of articles that appeared to rely heavily on quoting Nigel Farage and seemed to be in favour of supporting Ukip. This isn't that surprising, as the media thrives on sensationalism - it means easy news reporting and guaranteed readership....

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The Festival Where the Greens Gather

(1) Comments | Posted 8 May 2014 | (01:26)

In ancient times, life for the common person could be a struggle. Well-being of the individual and the family depended on growing enough crops, the survival of the family's livestock, and getting through the winter. Although the origins of the first festivals across the world vary they have always been...

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What We Can Learn From Students Protesting Corporate Power on Campus

(0) Comments | Posted 28 April 2014 | (16:35)

At Washington University in St. Louis, USA, there is a modern-day David and Goliath battle taking place that also has echoes of the McLibel trial. A small but determined contingent of students are standing up, or in this case sitting down, to battle the Goliath that they have...

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Food Freedom and the People who are Planting the Seeds of Change

(0) Comments | Posted 13 April 2014 | (01:33)

'Seeds are buried treasure,' says Simran Sethi, global speaker, educator and environmentalist. Ms Sethi talks about seeds with passion because, she says, humans have an interdependent relationship with them: 'seeds are life', she tells me; nature's most early beginnings, without which humans could not have thrived. And now...

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Britain Must Invest in 100% Renewables Before The Lights Go Out

(0) Comments | Posted 29 March 2014 | (17:15)

In 2007 Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said the following: 'There's no chance that the iPhone is going to get any significant market share. No chance.' Last year, Thorsten Heins, CEO of BlackBerry said: 'In five years I don't think there'll be a reason to have a tablet anymore.' There is...

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Now That We're Using the C-Word, Let's Talk About Preventative Measures

(2) Comments | Posted 18 February 2014 | (17:25)

The world has finally woken up and the media and mainstream politicians are suddenly talking about climate change. Not about the supposed debate surrounding climate change or the reasons the Earth can't be warming up and everything else we have had to tolerate for the last decade, but the actual...

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How One Project Is Making Nature Cool

(1) Comments | Posted 13 February 2014 | (21:46)

He's not the Lorax, but he does speak for the trees.

Meet David Bond: father, entrepreneur, and self-appointed Marketing Director for Nature.

In his documentary film Project Wild Thing, Bond takes on our addiction to screens (TVs, laptops, phones, iPads, etc), restrictive healthy and safety laws, and parental...

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Fertile, Fecund, Fructiferous: Why Composting Is Sexy

(0) Comments | Posted 8 February 2014 | (00:09)

As someone who is deeply concerned with sustainability and the impact of climate change on our planet, I have been known to spout the phrase 'composting is one of the greenest things you can do!' with a sort of manic excitement whenever discussions of green issues crop up in conversation....

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The Random Acts of Kindness That Are Sweeping the World

(0) Comments | Posted 2 February 2014 | (23:00)

Recession. Cuts. Political scandals. Rain, cold, dark, and more rain. The news is getting people down and the season is at it's murkiest, while the light is still slow to return, and spring feels just a little too far away.

Perhaps that's why so many people are looking forward to...

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The Battle of the Boob and Poor Professionalism

(0) Comments | Posted 27 January 2014 | (16:51)

Several memes of the same image whipped around social networking sites with a rapid and determined certainty on Wednesday evening. The image was a short excerpt from Closer magazine, featuring advice to parents from sexual health campaigner Dr Christian Jessen. The topic was breastfeeding; the stance: it's weird. The thinly...

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The Big Six Energy Hikes Are a Green Light for a Green Energy Revolution

(0) Comments | Posted 30 December 2013 | (20:36)

Sometimes bad news can harbour good news. As colder weather approaches, British people are becoming increasingly concerned over soaring energy prices, as the main UK suppliers - known as the 'Big Six' and comprised of British Gas, EDF Energy, E.ON UK, npower, Scottish Power, and SSE - recently announced increases...

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Birth Rights Are a First World Problem

(0) Comments | Posted 9 October 2013 | (14:26)

#FirstWorldproblems, reads the hashtag after a severe comment left by a man on a blog post. The post was an intimate piece about how the writer's birth experience had left her traumatised for years and post-natally depressed. I read her honest, open words with empathy, and I couldn't help but...

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How People Are Fighting Child Poverty in the UK - With Knitting Needles

(5) Comments | Posted 8 October 2013 | (00:00)

Statistics. In the UK, 3.5million children currently live in poverty. Two-thirds of these children live in families where at least one person works, but the income is not enough to support their needs. This social problem is not being tackled - it is estimated that 4.7million children will...

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Anti-Begging Campaigns Do More Harm Than Good

(0) Comments | Posted 14 September 2013 | (01:08)

Exeter Community Safety Partnership, led by Exeter City Council and Devon and Cornwall Police, has launched a new campaign called Exeter Against Begging that is begging the question - have these people ever met a homeless person? While there may be a few rare individuals around who aren't...

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Green Consumerism? I Don't Buy It

(0) Comments | Posted 11 August 2013 | (16:38)

Marketing is a clever thing. A product can be advertised as 'natural' even if it is composed of entirely synthetic or chemical ingredients. This is because there is no legal definition of the word natural, and even chemical ingredients may have come from plant sources originally. Who is to say...

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