Hi everyone! I’m Tiki the Penguin. My website is specially for kids. Did you know I’m the first penguin anywhere to make a website. Just as well that I’m a cheerful sort of penguin because right now, there’s a lot of very scary things happening around our planet.

Climate conferences: COP26 and 27

Now for the boring bit. Or is it? COPS (Conference of the Parties) are arranged by the United Nations and bring together people from every country to find a way forward, taking into account the science. The big problem is the super-rich people and rich countries whose governments refuse to accept that climate change is really here, now, and must be fixed, starting now. They tell lies and don’t care that you will have to try to repair the terrible damage that they have done. Instead, they pass laws banning street demonstrations. They don’t want to hear your noisy non-violent protests (and how else can you brave young people fight for your planet?) demanding ACTION to fix the climate emergency. After all, this might disturb their parties, games of golf and whatever.

War

The very last thing that any of us needs at such a critical time is another war. But just days after the COP26 conference ended in Glasgow, Russia invaded its neighbour, Ukraine . Already, many thousands of people have been killed. Including kids! Huge numbers of Ukrainian people have had to abandon their homes, destroyed by Russian attacks, and become refugees. Many Russians too hate this war.

Elephant in the room as arguments continue over money at COP27, noe failed

Elephant in the room

And, like a huge elephant in the room — temporarily forgotten because of humans making wars — the big climate problem gets worse

OK, enough of these nighmare things. I’ve got loads of stuff for you here. Some is just fun (like jokes, questions, quizzes and games) and some is more serious.. I try my best to guide you through today’s most important issues. Poor kids! I’m so sorry to have to tell you all this miserable sad stuff.

A COP for Nature

AVAAZ, a global campaigning group — that’s their video below — cllaimed that they had support from well over 3 million people at the Montreal conference in December 2022. They voted for Nature but rather than 30 per cent, wanted 50 percent of planet Earth returned to its natural state.

The latest COP15 of the Convention on Biological Diversity seems to have been much more of a success than the climate COP27 a few weeks earier.. A real deal has been struck. The so-called 30 X 30 agreement means 30 per cent of the planet’s oceans and 30 per cent of its land will be protected and set aside for nature to recover from the disasters caused by humans. So you can see how this links in to climate change. partly directly because of the human obsession with burning fossil fuels but also because of the rapidly changing climate, faster than ever before.

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Photo by Michael Roper

Forest fire

Ruthless people are tearing our planet apart to get everything they can as soon as possible, especially the coal, oil and gas industries. Others are cutting and burning forest to make yet more land available for growing cattle, destroying countless numbers of living things. Why? Money, money, money! And, of course, greed.

If cliimate was a bank

If climate was a bank, you’d have saved it already.

But there is hope. As I said, most people know something of these things happening largely because of groups who make a lot of noise and get noticed.

I think of activist Greta Thunberg’s Fridays For Future, Extinction Rebellion and many others like them. It is young people with all their energy and determination who are beginning to make a big impact all around the world. The politicians are listening.

Greta for president - demo

Greta for president – demo

Covid may have destroyed many things – people and their economies – but this gives humans the chance they really need to rebuild (reboot?) their economies in a completely different way. Hey people, without a healthy environment, you are nothing and kids know this.

Markus Spiske

This is your last chance to build sustainable just economies and ensure that everyone everywhere can live with kindness in peace and harmony with the natural world. This is the only way forward… the only way. If a simple Penguin can see this surely your clever politicians and companies can too? But get moving right away for the sake of kids everywhere.

Climate Change

The Big Threat facing everyone

Plastic

Plastic is everywhere!

Pollution

Muck, stink and poison :(

Planet Earth’s nine lives

Our planet’s limits

Fracking: my quick guide

Problems ahead

The Energy guide

Tiki the Penguin’s Guide to Energy

Life on Earth is in danger

Life on our planet — our only home — is in big trouble

snails and whales need genes

Many people are scared of this fast-moving branch of biotechnology involving the manipulation of genes

Eating the future

Slurp chomp gobble guzzle!

Yummy or Yukky – all about food

Food: why all the fuss?

Conspiracy theories

Why is it that so many people will believe anything?

"I been waiting 65million years ffor this moment"

Tiki’s time machine

Have you tried out my Time Machine? With this wonderful machine you can whizz back through time to the very beginning of everything.

Fun stuff

Time for some fun stuff, such as puzzles and loads of jokes sent in by kids like you.

Features

Features such as my Galapagos Islands trip and an incredible true story about an island and a planet.

GET in TOUCH

Hey! Do you have any questions – I love to answer your questions. Or do you want to help make my site even more cool? You can by writing to me… or tell me about something you’re doing to help make our world better. I promise I’ll reply to friendly messages. Please use the contact form below.

    Help Tiki

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    Bye for now…
    Love from

    “The mind of a child is a fire to be kindled, not a vessel to be filled.”
    Source: Plato, one of the most famous Greek philosophers who died in 348 BC aged about 80