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John Burton's Green Diary

  • 07 July 2010
    The Elephant Parade organised in London by Elephant Family has been a huge success. Something around £5 million has been raised, a proportion of which will go to saving the I...
  • 23 June 2010
    Why is the World Land Trust not signed up to the Fund Raising Standards Board?  This is a question which is covered in our website's FAQs but I don’t think I have ev...
  • 18 June 2010
    London has recently been invaded by a herd of over 250 Elephants (and the internet similarly invaded).  The Elephant Parade is organised by the Elephant Family charity, and is...
  • 08 June 2010
    Last week's Radio Times featured an article by Chris Packham (link opens in a new window) suggesting that huge amounts of scarce conservation funding have been wasted on t...
  • 03 June 2010
    Last week was an amazing week for the World Land Trust and some of its sponsors. For the first time ever we exhibited at the prestigious Chelsea Flower Show – probably the mo...
  • 20 April 2010
    The volcanic eruption in Iceland is the sort of disaster I have written about and blogged about many times over the past decade. I have suggested that a major volcanic eruption cou...
  • 14 April 2010
    This week's Third Sector magazine has an interesting report on how the public perceive the differences between large and small charities. Large charities are seen to be signifi...
  • 09 April 2010
    Our newsletter went out to supporters just before Easter, and the response has been very encouraging, with donations flowing in (the latest newsletter is also available on our webs...
  • 29 March 2010
    A survey of what the public thought made a charity trustworthy recently was very revealing. Only 4% thought that the fact it was supported by a celebrity gave it credibility....
  • 18 March 2010
    At the World Land Trust, we have always emphasised the need for conservation action, as opposed to yet more discussions, reports and research. With limited funds to spend on conser...
  • 23 February 2010
    Over the weekend I happened to finish reading a book about the Amber Room in St Petersburg. This priceless 'lost' treasure has been re-created at a cost of millions of doll...
  • 16 February 2010
    This week's Third Sector Magazine (the charity world's trade press) carries a feature entitled 'Should charities employ their own chuggers instead of using agencies?...
  • 12 February 2010
    I have just returned from a week in the Atlantic rainforests of South America. I was there with some very specific objectives: I was taking Michela Delle Donne, who represented Eur...
  • 02 February 2010
    At the WLT we have seen a sudden surge in donations and several of our new donors have mentioned that they have seen the blockbuster film Avatar, and wanted to do something to help...
  • 29 January 2010
    This morning I got an email from Anne Herngaard in Denmark, which I have copied below, as it seems a good idea, and is self explanatory, and I would like to encourage my readers to...
  • 25 January 2010
    Reading the charity trade press, it is interesting to note that one factor that is having a major impact on many of the larger charities is the low interest rates.While low interes...
  • 22 January 2010
    The problems continue in the Chaco of Paraguay. Deforestation continues, and our partners are seriously under-resourced.Yesterday I had a letter from Jose Luis Casaccia, the former...
  • 11 January 2010
    The big freeze this week in England has, of course, got many people questioning the occurrence of global warming. Which is precisely why we don't use that phrase. It's clim...
  • 31 December 2009
    As the year end approaches I am looking back over what at first sight seems a very successful year. Certainly we have raised more funds than ever before. We have extended our netwo...
  • 23 December 2009
    As the year comes to an end, I am working on the budget for the WLT. In 2009 we raised over £2.5 million (over $4million) and are anticipating a further increase for 2010. Bu...
  • 21 December 2009
    The WLT is being supported by the Stella Artois Christmas advertising campaign. But this has brought a few criticisms. This is because although the Stella campaign involves an inno...
  • 09 December 2009
    On tonight's Horizon on BBC 2 Sir David Attenborough will be presenting a programme on the human population issue. I haven't seen a preview, but it is potentially one of th...
  • 07 December 2009
    Third Sector is the trade magazine for charities, and I read it every week. Not from cover to cover of course, much of it is irrelevant to the WLT. But there is always something of...
  • 01 December 2009
    Most conservation organisations are good at producing reports, but how many actually get read? I tried to read a report published today by IUCN (International Union for Conservatio...
  • 26 November 2009
    Why is the World Land Trust not participating in the Copenhagen meeting?Quite simply because the WLT believes first and foremost in doing something, not just talking. Several thous...
  • 26 October 2009
    My apologies to any regular readers of this column for my recent silence. There are very good reasons. First I was away in Brazil for a meeting of the leaders of 17 of our partner...
  • 29 September 2009
    At the end of this week, I am off to Brazil for a meeting with the directors of most of our project partner organisations. Together with the IUCN-NL (IUCN National Committee of the...
  • 28 September 2009
    I've just returned from a week's holiday. But while it was a great break, it did raise conservation issues and brought home how seemingly intact, but unprotected areas are...
  • 09 September 2009
    This week has been more hectic than is usual -- even by World Land Trust standards. We have been to University of East Anglia (UEA) in Norwich to discuss a research programme we ar...
  • 25 August 2009
    Last weekend was a busy weekend for the World Land Trust, as we had our stand at the British Birdwatching Fair, at Rutland Water. Our stand always features our partners, and this y...
  • 14 August 2009
    I have just returned from a visit to Paraguay, where I found it very depressing to see the alarming rate of destruction of the Chaco. One of the last great wildernesses of the worl...
  • 31 July 2009
    Inboxes of 50 or more emails every morning are now commonplace, and probably another 50 or so coming in during the course of the day. So how does one deal with this volume? The ans...
  • 15 July 2009
    Reading Third Sector Magazine this morning I see that the Church of England is suggesting that churchgoers should contribute 5% of their earnings to the Church and other charitable...
  • 13 July 2009
    As we arrived at the office this morning I was reminded that it is important to always have the wildlife we are trying to conserve at the forefront of our thoughts. I was reminded,...
  • 07 July 2009
    Last week I went through some of the applications for the post of Conservation and Communications Manager that we recently advertised for. It is truly depressing to see the incredi...
  • 07 July 2009
    When we launched our Appeal for conserving orang-utans it was an immediate success, and went on to raise over £50,000. We recently launched a JustGiving fundraising page for...
  • 03 July 2009
    I have been a bit silent on my blogs lately, mainly because we have been so incredibly busy. Lots of action on the land purchase front, and panics world wide with our partner organ...
  • 29 June 2009
    I had a look at our JustGiving fundraising pages on the Internet, which now seem fully functional again following the troubled website overhaul of JustGiving a week ago.* It is rea...
  • 19 June 2009
    Meetings all day in London on Wednesday. First a very productive meeting with the Director of BIAZA (The British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums) and Finetra, our consu...
  • 15 June 2009
    Third Sector Magazine is important reading for anyone working in charities and I read it every week. I wonder how many potential donors to charities bother to check out Third Secto...
  • 11 June 2009
    Suddenly the World Land Trust has had a flurry of publicity in Spanish newspapers, and Spanish language newspapers from South America. The reason, it seems, is that Sir David Atten...
  • 10 June 2009
    Last Saturday the representative of our Venezuelan partner, Asociación Civil Provita, came to London to meet the donor to a very special project on the island of Margarita.Margarit...
  • 04 June 2009
    Sometimes one comes across writing which is truly bizarre and it's hard to know how, or indeed, whether, to respond when the claims are so outrageously onesided and lacking in...
  • 03 June 2009
    One of the WLT's priorities has always been to ensure that the rights of local people are fully respected, and if at all possible they are included in the management and conser...
  • 27 May 2009
    As part of the WLT's ongoing quest for transparency and clarity, we decided to put summaries of the main decisions of the quarterly Council Meetings on the website. I am sure s...
  • 25 May 2009
    A few people have asked me what a normal day in the office comprises. So here is an attempt to give an idea of a 'typical' day for me, when working in our Suffolk HQ. Feed...
  • 22 May 2009
    Thursday was another typical day of meetings in London, catching the 9.30 train, to see a Foundation that supports some of our work, followed by a meeting with a new potential corp...
  • 21 May 2009
    Most of Tuesday was spent on a visit to Eurostar HQ in Ashford, Kent. Ironically, I had to drive, as going by train from East Anglia to Ashford by train would have taken over twice...
  • 19 May 2009
    Concern about the future of the rainforests has never been higher, but still the destruction continues. And then there is the destruction of all the other important wildlife habita...
  • 15 May 2009
    Last night we spent a very enjoyable evening with Frans Van Tilborg, the Director of Miko Coffee. The WLT Puro Coffee machine: A lifeline for our busy staff.Miko have, through the...

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