Wikipedia Jacqueline Myriam McGlade (born May 30, 1955) is a British-born Canadian marine biologist and environmental informatics professor. Her research concerns the spatial and nonlinear dynamics of ecosystems, climate change and scenario development. She is currently professor of resilience and sustainable development at the University College London Institute for Global Prosperity and Faculty of Engineering, UK, and professor at Strathmore University in the Institute for Public Policy and Governance, Kenya.

She was executive director of the European Environment Agency from 2003 to 2013, where she was on leave from her post as professor of environmental informatics at University College London.

Between 2014 and 2017 she was chief scientist and director of the Science Division of the United Nations Environment Programme based in Nairobi. From 2017 to 2019 she was professor and director of the Sekenani Research Centre of the Maasai Mara University, Kenya. 

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Taking a radical stance on the way we produce our objects, Alice & Gavin Munro are at the cutting edge of an emerging art form, an art form that highlights an interesting way to be closer to art and nature and to create symbiotic abundance for both.

Challenging the way we create products as well as how we see the items with which we surround ourselves, the Grown Furniture has an immediate tactile, visceral and organic appeal.

The first seed was sown when as a young boy playing in the garden, Gavin noticed an overgrown bonsai tree had the distinct appearance of a chair.

It was an image that stayed in his mind for 25 years.

The second seed had time to germinate when he had lots of time to think about that chair a few years later. Gavin went through several operations to straighten his spine.

“It’s where I learnt patience. There were long periods of staying still, plenty of time to observe what was going on and reflect. It was only after doing this project for a few years a friend pointed out that I must know exactly what it’s like to be shaped and grafted on a similar time scale.” – Gavin Munro

The third and final seed of the project sprouted twenty years later on a beach in San Francisco – after Art College, a Degree in Furniture Design, an apprenticeship to a cabinet-maker and a long stint building with natural materials in Scotland and California – Gavin had a period of making driftwood furniture.

It was a sheer delight to see what new materials each tide would bring, then a matter of stitching the wood back together – each ‘stitch’ fitting into carefully cut-out mortices.

This was the moment Gavin realised that we could grow trees directly into beautiful and useful shapes.

How are these Grown Furniture pieces made?

In essence it’s an incredibly simple art. You start by training and pruning young tree branches as they grow over specially made formers. At certain points we then graft them together so that the object grows in to one solid piece – I’m interested in the way that this is like an organic 3D printing that uses air, soil and sunshine as its source materials. After it’s grown into the shape we want, we continue to care for and nurture the tree, while it thickens and matures, before harvesting it in the Winter and then letting it season and dry. It’s then a matter of planing and finishing to show off the wood and grain inside.

The whole process takes place over seasons and years – between 4 and 8 years to grow a chair – but when you look at how long and how much effort it takes us now to go from having no tree to the final wooden object, then you realise that the craft we’re a part of developing is not just more cooperative with the natural world; it has an elegant efficiency all of it own.

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Eveline Alicia Juliana Herbert (1834 – 1906) was the daughter of Henry Herbert, 3rd Earl of Carnarvon and his wife Henrietta. On 15 Feb 1855 she married Isaac Fellowes (Wallop) who became the 5th Earl of Portsmouth. The family had estates around Lymington in Hampshire but in 1794 had also inherited the Fellowes Estate in Eggesford, Devon. She and Isaac had twelve children including Newton, who succeeded to the title of Earl of Portsmouth on his father’s death in 1891.

Eveline signed one of the early petitions presented by members of the suffrage movement to the Houses of Parliament. To accompany her signature of the petition she sent a letter to Mrs Fawcett dated 7 May 1892, saying that she ‘gladly signs the enclosed.’

For more information see also:

Margherita Rendel, ‘The campaign in Devon for Women’s Suffrage, 1866-1908’, Transactions of the Devonshire Association, 2008, vol. 40, p.111-151. 

Percy Harrison Fawcett was an explorer and artillery officer. His efforts to prove that civilisations existed in the Amazon before the arrival of western culture were semi-fictionalised in the 2017 film The Lost City of Z. He was awarded the Royal Geographical Society's Founders Medal in 1916, but disappeared in 1925 while on an expedition with his son Jack.

Percy was born in Torquay and he his family lived in many parts of Devon, including St Marychurch, Teignmouth, Uplyme, and Stoke Canon. 

Stoke Canon is situated on raised ground near the meeting of the waters of the Rivers Exe and Culm. The village is the eastern starting point of the Devonshire Heartland Way which leads to Okehampton. The Exe Valley Way also passes through the village.

Use his memory to spark your own investigations of the rivers and streams where you live. What forgotten mills and farms lie on their banks?

Luke Pollard was elected as the Labour and Co-operative Member of Parliament for Plymouth Sutton and Devonport in June 2017, and re-elected in 2019. Luke was born and lives in Plymouth and is the first MP to be born in Plymouth since Michael Foot represented the city in 1945.

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Luke Pollard (born 10 April 1980) is a British Labour and Co-operative politician who has served as the Member of Parliament (MP) for Plymouth Sutton and Devonport since he gained it from the Conservative Oliver Colvile in 2017. He was appointed as Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs in January 2020.

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University of Plymouth Iain Stewart is Professor of Geoscience Communication at the University of Plymouth, UK, and Director of its Sustainable Earth Institute. His academic interests in applying Earth science to pressing societal concerns - climate change, geo-resources, geo-energy, disaster risk reduction - form the basis of his 2018 recognition as UNESCO Chair in ‘Geoscience and Society’.

Iain’s academic roots are in active tectonics and geohazards. After completing a BSc in Geography and Geology at Strathclyde University (1986), and a PhD in earthquake geology at the University of Bristol (1990), he taught Earth sciences at Brunel University, west London, until 2002. In 2004, he joined the University of Plymouth, where he developed his interdisciplinary interests in ‘geo-communication’. 

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Vandana Shiva (born 5 November 1952) is an Indian scholar, environmental activist, food sovereignty advocate, and anti-globalization author. Shiva, currently based in Delhi, has authored more than twenty books.

She is one of the leaders and board members of the International Forum on Globalization (along with Jerry Mander, Ralph Nader, and Jeremy Rifkin), and a figure of the anti-globalization movement. She has argued in favour of many traditional practices, as in her interview in the book Vedic Ecology (by Ranchor Prime). She is a member of the scientific committee of the Fundacion IDEAS, Spain's Socialist Party's think tank. She is also a member of the International Organization for a Participatory Society. She received the Right Livelihood Award in 1993, an award established by Swedish-German philanthropist Jakob von Uexkull, and regarded as an "Alternative Nobel Prize".

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University of Exeter Patrick Devine-Wright is in the top 1% of environmental social science scholars globally (2019, Web of Science). With expertise spanning Human Geography and Environmental Psychology, he conducts theoretically-driven yet relevant research, often in interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary settings. Across local, national and international contexts, he is engaged in efforts to ensure social science insights inform decisions on a range of environmental challenges, notably climate change.

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Selaine Rachel Saxby (born 25 November 1970) is a British Conservative Party politician who has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for North Devon since the 2019 general election.

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Hello, I’m the Conservative MP for East Devon.

I was born in Devon and my family has lived here for generations. I will always stand up for East Devon and protect our community hospitals, strengthen our police force, push for investment in education and encourage new businesses to create jobs.

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