ART & SCULPTURE WITH AN ENVIRONMENTAL CONSCIENCE
I have been aware for a long time that we need to take better care of our beautiful planet. Human activity is causing untold damage to habitats and ecosystems everywhere. Many of the wonderful creatures that fascinate me and inspire my art and sculpture are in a perilous situation. Many species are already lost.
Fundraising for environmental and conservation charities has been something of a focus for me for years. If you sign up for my email newsletters you'll hear as much about that as my own work and there are plenty of chances to win artwork or sculpture in prize draws to raise money for the likes of Rainforest Concern and The Marine Conservation Society.
While maintaining the absolute highest standard of quality, all my bronze sculpture is now cast from metals obtained from over 95% recycled sources.
My house and workshop are supplied by Ecotricity and so are powered by energy from 100% renewable sources. To further reduce my carbon footprint I have signed up to the Forest Credit scheme run by the environmental charity Rainforest Concern, offsetting the carbon emissions that occur due to my business activity making it carbon neutral. This means that all carbon emissions caused by the power used in all casting processes, all shipping activity and all mileage covered in my van have been offset.
Neblina Reserve Conservation Project
The Neblina Reserve Project offers carbon credits from avoided deforestation. It is comprised of three major components that provide direct climate, community and biodiversity benefits. The first involves the protection of the existing reserve and water streams against illegal logging, providing biodiversity benefits and direct community benefits through the supply of reliable drinking water. The second component is the implementation of community programmes (e.g. agroforestry) involving all stakeholders living in the buffer zone of the project. This is a crucial component for the success of the project as it improves the quality of life of local communities and addresses leakage issues. And the third component is the purchase of existing forest within the corridor as well as restoration and reforestation of degraded areas. At present the project area encompasses 1450 hectares of primary high montane and evergreen montane forests, but the aim is to expand it to 2,580 hectares (1130 ha are currently available for purchase) creating a continuous corridor between the Cotacachi-Cayapas Reserve and Bosque Protector El Quinde. Forest corridors are extremely important for biodiversity conservation as they allow animals to move safely between major conservation areas.