Our new website is now live!
Last September my sister and I decided we wanted to set up an environmental website – one that would share only positive news stories rather than the doom and gloom that you so often find on news websites regarding the state of our planet. Yes, there are a lot of problems, but there are also a lot of solutions. A great many things are happening around the world, from grassroots projects, to technological innovations, that show that it is possible for us all to make a difference in our own way. We wanted to create a place that would make you feel hopeful about the future when you visited. And so, The Rooter was born.
It’s been a lot of hard work. We’ve written nearly 100 articles between the two of us, and had to teach ourselves how to build a website at the same time. We knew what we wanted the site to look like, we just didn’t know how to do it!
We’d love for you to come along and have a read. Here are a few articles you might like:
In Bavaria, Germany, there’s a village that produces five times more energy than it consumes. With rooftops covered in solar panels, an installation of wind turbines, and a range of other eco-friendly projects, Wildpoldsried is leading the way in renewable energy. Its successful sustainability strategy has provided a model for other German municipalities, as well as settlements around the world, to follow as they make the change from a dependence on fossil fuels to renewables…
Citrus orchards have been part of the Sicilian landscape since the fruit trees were introduced to the island by Muslim invaders from North Africa over 600 year ago. Their presence is deeply rooted in the local territory – in the climate and local conditions, and the traditional Sicilian way of life. In spring, the fresh scent of Zagara – orange blossom – wafts down the slopes of Mount Etna, as industrious bees gather pollen in evergreen groves. By late autumn those same trees are heavy with fruit…
Getting out into the countryside of my local area is something that I particularly enjoy doing. As we’ve recently moved to a new village, there are lots of places around and about for me to discover. I’d heard about the ruins of an old windmill out along a footpath linking our village to the next along the Lincolnshire Ridge. As the weather had turned pleasantly spring-like, I decided to go out and explore – with my camera in hand, of course…
Following a recent review of UK planning policy, changes have been proposed that will protect our ancient woodlands from further development and destruction. Your support is needed to make these proposals reality. Ancient trees, however, are being left out in the cold. By letting your opinion on this omission be known, we can all do our part to protect these irreplaceable habitats from harm…
As well as publishing articles written by us, we’re also hoping to receive submissions. Are you involved in a project that you’d like to write about? Or are you a keen walker who likes to get out and about, connecting with nature? We accept submissions on a range of different topics. If you’re interested, check out our ‘write for us‘ page.
I’ll leave you with a final photo that I took a few nights a go. I’m going to be using it, along with the header photo, on a ‘Week in Walks’ post on The Rooter later this week, but you all get to see them first.
Bye de byes,
P.S. You can always see more articles from The Rooter by scrolling on down to the footer…
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