How creative thinking could save the planet (and why dried insects would be better in a stir-fry)
A blog post by Theo Morris
The Eden Project is an educational charity whose aim is to connect us with each other and the living world, exploring how we can work towards a better future. It’s nestled in a huge crater which, back in 1995, was a working china clay pit nearing the end of its economic life. Now it is a thriving place where nature is celebrated and curated so that different plants and zones offer a 13-hectare lens through which to view humanity.
The Eden Project is a place that I’ve wanted to visit for quite a long time, but never found the motivation to go. Now I find myself a fool for not seeing the ‘wood for the trees’ because it is a truly special place that I owe my change of heart to. Previous to the trip, as part of my undergraduate placement programme at Prologis UK, I had been engaging, on a low level, with sustainability within the built environment, and it was through Prologis’s engagement with Planet Mark that I, along with a colleague, 6 lecturers and 40 students from the Warwickshire Collage Group, were sponsored to make the long trip south to Cornwall.
Mike Super-Mann Smith, (yes, that’s his real name) our esteemed tour guide and one of Eden’s resident eco-enthusiasts, was an absolute hero. The fact that a devout Geordie had set-up home in Cornwall should tell anyone that there must be something special about the place. We first visited the rainforest biome to experience four of the world’s rainforest environments: Tropical Islands, Southeast Asia, West Africa and Tropical South America. As we were herded around like wide-eyed school children, Mike told the stories of the plant and animals, to enrich our understanding and appreciation of what it was we were seeing. The Titan Arum, otherwise known as the corpse flower, was a marvel to witness as it’s the largest flowing structure on Earth, growing up to 3m in height. It only flowers for 48 hours every 7 to 9 years and much to our disappointment, we discovered that we had only missed the rare flowering by a week!