Zion Lights
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Journalist & writer interested in science, the environment, and gentle parenting. Contributes to Positive News and the Express & Echo Exeter

You can find out more about Zion on her website.

Entries by Zion Lights

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

(9) 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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Where Next for Human Rights in Australia?

(0) Comments | Posted 5 July 2013 | (13:13)

Australia recently introduced new guidelines allowing intersex individuals an official legal status on personal documents. It's an important move for Australia's intersex individuals and for equality in the country, and also for transgender, gender diverse and intersex people around the world.

But in other ways Australia falls short...

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Could You Live Without Money?

(0) Comments | Posted 6 May 2013 | (00:00)

In a recent interview about the digital currency Bitcoin, Stephen Colbert asked Adam Davidson of NPR's Planet Money about the value of money, sparking the response 'The problem with thinking too much about these questions is you start thinking, wait, what is money?'

But after witnessing or experiencing recent economic...

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Can You Make Art Without Oil?

(0) Comments | Posted 26 April 2013 | (00:00)

Oil companies aren't known for their ethics. Last month an ExxonMobil pipeline spill in Mayflower, Arkansas, wreaked havoc in the small town, destroying people's houses, gardens and local wildlife. Exxon initially claimed that the spill was not due to the Pegasus pipeline. Then, they said the size of...

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The Allergies to Life That We Don't Understand

(1) Comments | Posted 18 April 2013 | (00:00)

It was late at night when I accidentally consumed dairy, which I am - apparently - deadly allergic to. My tongue swelled up straight away, followed by my lips and throat. I looked in the mirror and tried to decide how serious it was. Probably not very, I thought.

Next...

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The Party Where Being a Woman Is Political - By Choice

(0) Comments | Posted 14 March 2013 | (23:57)

It's a great time for women, isn't it? Last week events took place around the country for International Women's Day, families celebrated their loved ones on Mother's Day, and Women's History Month is currently rocking the US. Try not to think about that fact that when you say the word...

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The Power of Voice: Protesting Oil Sponsorship of the Arts

(0) Comments | Posted 4 March 2013 | (13:36)

Protesters have always used chants and slogans as a potent method of drawing attention to pressing issues. Now a newly-formed campaign group called Shell Out Sounds (SOS) use their voices to protest the oil industry's involvement in the British arts.

On Friday evening, the Southbank Centre in London - allegedly...

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How EDF Is Trying and Failing to Quash British Freedom to Protest

(0) Comments | Posted 26 February 2013 | (23:00)

A war is being waged on British soil between Big Energy and a grassroots campaign group known as No Dash for Gas.

Earlier this week French corporation EDF Energy made the bold, slightly reckless decision to sue the 21 activists from No Dash for Gas who

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How I Came to F***ing Love Science

(69) Comments | Posted 25 January 2013 | (23:00)

A geeky male wearing thick glasses and a lab coat peers at a fizzing test tube. He has a 'Eureka-moment' look on his face, apparently untameable hair, and he probably looks a bit like that boy in your class at school who you avoided like the plague. You know, the...

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