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Lauren Wills

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Freelance Journalist and Environmental Research Intern | Bristol, UK | Contactable via hello@livekindly.co

Grizzly Bears ‘Go Vegan’ as They Opt for Berries Over Salmon

Now here's one to debunk that old protein myth: grizzly bears - those huge muscular 1,000 pound things - have stopped eating salmon in favour of elderberries. Alaskan Kodiak Island bears typically are known to...

Women’s Equality Day: What’s it Got to Do with Veganism?

Happy Women's Equality Day! Today we recognise the 47th annual celebration of female suffrage in the USA, a day in which Americans will celebrate the 19th Amendment. Granted in 1920, this provided that "the right of...

How Our Love of Sushi is Driving the Bluefin Tuna to Extinction

Sushi, once the object of squeamish faces and 'but it's raw!' exclamations, is now a must-have in any supermarket aiming to impress the 'cultured millennial' and deluxe sushi lovers. The sushi industry has been booming...

Why the World Needs You to Stop Sucking (Immediately!)

No one wants to ‘draw the short straw’ in any situation. But every time we accept a straw with a drink, our planet and its irreplaceable animal inhabitants are having the short straw drawn...

Buzzing Mathematicians: Bees Understand Concept of Zero

Another reason has emerged proving that bees are, erm, the bee's knees: they are the first invertebrate found to understand the concept of zero. Zero isn't the easiest concept to get your head around, even for...

6 Ways You Can Help Save the Elephant Before It’s Too Late

Notorious for being practically everyone's favourite animal, elephants even have their own 'day' (World Elephant Day). Although many of us claim to love these majestic animals, treatment of elephants throughout the world is disturbingly poor....

Scientists Warn Rising CO2 Levels Could Lead to Worldwide Protein Deficiency

New research suggests that nearly 150 million people could be at risk of protein deficiency by 2050 if CO2 levels continue to rise. Studies at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health found that...

The Edible, Biodegradable Carrier Bag That’s Safe for Fish to Eat!

Exciting news for anti-plastic environmentalists, our oceans and marine life: an Indonesian based start-up 'Avani' is on a mission to rid the world of plastic bags, and has developed a 100% biodegradable and edible...

8 Practical Tips for Vegans Who Hate Vegetables

What do vegans eat? Grass? Vegetables? Well, our stomachs aren't able to digest grass so that one's ruled out, but what about people who can't stand the taste of veggies? If, like new vegan Ne-Yo, you...

Why Being an Environmentalist is Now Literally a Matter of Life or Death

So far in 2017, 117 environmental defenders have been killed. All over the planet, people dedicating their lives to defend and protect the planet are being murdered in order to silence them. Environmental documentary, Cowspiracy...

Global Harry Potter Obsession Creates Fatal Black Market for Owls

This weekend Harry Potter fanatics made headlines, but the reason is less than magical. Wildlife experts have become concerned over wild birds being sold as pets to families keen to have their own 'Hedwig.' A...

Holiday Deep Blues: Are Cruises Killing Marine Life?

This week saw a humpback whale, thought to be a juvenile, impaled on a Princess Cruises ship: an unanticipated passenger as the ship arrived in Alaska. The 6-metre long humpback was harpooned by the 290-metre...

Aviation or Animals: Who’s to Blame for Staggering Rise in Greenhouse Gases?

Following on from the recent UK plans to scrap petrol and diesel cars from 2040 there is yet more 'flying away' from the main cause of global warming. A recent United Nations report raised concerns that the...

A Miniature Guide for Vegans Volunteering in Madagascar

In Madagascar, there are a range of projects: teaching, marine conservation, construction or forest conservation. When looking at conservation, the dense forest of Nosy Komba homes many endemic species, but habit destruction threatens them;...

Meat and Dairy Consumption Swerved Again by Climate Change Decision Makers

It was reported this morning that, following France’s lead, Britain is to ban all new petrol and diesel cars from 2040 – a victory (although slightly far off) for environmentalists. The decision follows growing concern...

An Open Letter to Vegans – Please Stop Shaming Each Other!

Raw vegans. Zero-waste vegans. Transitioning vegans. Activist vegans. Skinny vegans, muscular vegans, chubby vegans. There’s a whole range of us... And that’s okay.   All too often I see vegans shaming other vegans for not living up to their own ‘standard’...

The Protesting Vegan | 5 Activism Tips for Newbs

So we did it – we bit the bullet (maybe a more peaceful metaphor would be appropriate) and became the vegan activists we never knew we could be. Vegan activism has a reputation for being...
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Hooray! Vegan Students and Millennials Are on The Rise

“Vegan? But you’re a student! I didn’t think student loans covered the cost of all that vegan food.”   Let us stop you there, inquisitive friend. What do you really mean by 'vegan food'? If you’re referring to the...