Moksha Gets a Makeover

Some of you might remember Moksha’s high vis orange paint job for Expedition 360, and the names of hundreds of individual supporters printed either side of the hull.

That was then. Now for our #GB360 series of expeditions officially starting around Wales next week, we’ll be working with artists we meet along the way on a graphic series entitled “Fading from View.” The project aims to highlight lesser known animal and plant species indigenous to the UK that are literally fading from existence due to the overbearing pressure of just one species – our own.

We’ll be discussing why these organisms are important, both to overall biodiversity and our own ability to survive longterm as a species. Ultimately it is the little things that run the world, fragile lifeforms to which our own fate is inextricably linked. 

Over the last week we got to work with wildlife artist @Eilbhe Donovan from @sevenheadsstudio on the first round of threatened species celebrated on Moksha’s hull. 

The Grey Long-Eared Bat (Plecotus austriacus) is one of the UK’s rarest mammals. They are intelligent animals that hunt for moths and other insects by night over wildflower meadows along the south coast of England. They are long-lived and social, the females giving birth to their single babies in maternity roosts. But there could be as few as 1,000 of these bats left, and we know their numbers are still falling.

Why are they endangered?

Due to industrial farming practises, the grassland these bats need has been lost from most of our countryside in the last century, making it difficult for them to find safe routes between their roosts and the places where they can find food.

Why are they important?

Bats eat flies, moths and other insects and thereby control insect populations very effectively. Some bats also serve as pollinators and help distribute the seeds of important plants, so they can reproduce and create more fruit for us humans to eat and enjoy. Without pollinating and seed-dispersing bats, many ecosystems would gradually die.

Want to help?

The Back from the Brink project, led by the Bat Conservation Trust, is working with landowners to retain precious habitat. You can volunteer to help monitor the Grey Long-eared Bats in your local area to ensure they have the habitat they desperately need.


Back to the Future of Sustainable Food

How do we build a sustainable food future, especially in light of supply chain weaknesses exposed by Covid?

For the last 30 years, former dairy farmer Gerald Miles and his family have pioneered an alternative way of producing food, one centred around organic, community-based agriculture that is good for the farmer, good for the customer, and good for the planet.

Back to the future of sustainable food

“There’s no food miles, no packaging, it’s local, and you’re supporting your local growing farmer,” Gerald told us. “It ticks all the boxes.”

Ten years ago, Gerald formed Wales’ first CSA* at Caerhys Farm and now supplies organic veg to over 60 local families.

“Industrial farming has been driven because the price per unit of milk or vegetables being produced doesn’t justify the time spent and the cost of growing it. How we live now is not sustainable.”

Gerald showed us how he collects his own seed during harvesting, a response to GM crops, which he campaigns against. “It takes more time [to collect, sort, and plant], but these ancient grains are more resilient to disease, and they’re healthier for us humans.”

“We can help to stop climate change … We need to bring respect back to farmers, and bring respect back to food.”

Gerald exemplifies our belief that transition to a sustainable future starts with ordinary people taking local action and driving change from the bottom up.

One Person. One Action.

* Community Support Agriculture (CSA) is a partnership between farmers and consumers in which the responsibilities, risks and rewards of farming are shared.

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