Talk at Pushkin House

Originally posted in February 2009 by Steph Wed 11 February 2009 – 7.00pm Lecture: The Tomsk Taiga Research Project, Siberian Forests: Economy Vs. Conservation by Ms. Stephanie Ward In association with GB Russia Society This talk discussed the relationship between rural Siberian people and their surrounding forest in the context of the modern-day environmental movement […]

SUCCESS: Lake Baikal Paper Mill Closes

Originally posted on 12 November 2008 STOP PRESS: After many years of protest from the environmental movement, the Baikalsk Pulp & Paper Mill which has polluted Lake Baikal since the 1960’s, has finally closed. Many thanks to those of you who recently signed the petition against the mill. Read the full story at Guardian Unlimited […]

Non-Timer Forest Products in the Siberian Taiga

Originally posted in 2007 by Steph As a member of the Tomsk Taiga Forest Biodiversity team who journeyed to Western Siberia last summer, I learned a huge amount about how much rural communities depend on the forest for sustenance, their sense of identity and in a few cases, income. The team was there to measure […]

Film Screening: NGOs vs. oil companies in Siberia

Originally posted in winter 2007 On 12th November at Passing Clouds Works in Dalston, east London, Look East Wild Earth coordinated the first UK screening of award-winning Russian film “The Warning” (Preduprezhdenie). “The Warning” is a documentary-style film charting the struggle of Siberian communities in protecting their sacred lands from predatory oil companies. Its makers, […]

Siberia Wild at Camden Green Fair and Bike Fest

Originally posted in summer 2007 by Steph On 3rd June in Regents Park in London, Siberian Wild took part in the 2007 Camden Green Fair and Bike Fest. We organised a stall as part of their campaigns & education field – arguably the heart and soul of green events all over the country. Our stall […]

How do I get to Siberia? A guide

Travelling to Russia can appear a daunting prospect. It can, at times, seem like an impenetrable bureaucratic nightmare. Fear not! Here are some useful low impact travel hints and some supportive links to enable you to get the preparation right so you can focus on experiencing some of the last virgin boreal forest, the cleanest […]