To help your English, with short articles and videos about the natural environment...

Environmental English


And to help the environment too, because as Jacques Cousteau said, "We love the things we marvel at, and we protect the things we love."

OnePlanet is for people who speak English as a second or third language.

But you're very welcome if English is your first language.



OnePlanet is a personal odyssey

Nicholas and animals

My name is Nicholas, and I've always liked nature. Some of my best moments have been meetings with strange creatures including toads, lemurs and orca.

OnePlanet records my journey as I become a naturalist. I'll be using a small library of books, a lot of curiosity, and the help of as many environmental professionals as possible. Biologists, rangers, farmers, anybody who knows the natural world.

My environment library now has 750 books and weighs as much as a small car. It has everything from children's stories, identification and field guides ... semi-professional books on biology, habitats, soils, ecology, climate and microclimate, conservation and breeding...

...not to mention camouflage, predation, defence, migration, naturalisation, hibernation, dormancy, metamorphosis, symbiosis and parasites...

... and plant and animal communication, ethology, intelligence, botany, oceanography, geomorphology and lots of other -ologies!

Also, domestication, farming, conservation, pollution control, habitat management, myths, folklore and art. But not much about hunting, shooting or fishing.

Now all I need is the time to read them. About 8 years should do it.



What do I mean by "clear English"?

When I say that OnePlanet is in clear English, I mean the language that English-speaking professionals use at work (not the English they use in the pub with their friends). Doctors and scientists, lawyers and businesspeople, architects and engineers. You could call it standard English, or international English.

It's English without the strange bits. No 'informal English', no dialect, no vernacular, no slang, no newspeak, no buzzwords, no trending expressions.

Complex ideas don't need complicated language. They may need a few technical expressions like biome and habitat; larva and exuviae; browser and grazer; predation and symbiosis; understorey and canopy; but you can talk about them in clear English.


So what is environmental English?

It's not a kind of English, it's a kind of English course.
Like business English, it's a way to learn English. See the Environmental English page.


Why all the puffins?

Puffin logo

You'll find the same logo on all my outdoor+environment websites:

Puffins (Fratercula arctica) are not only cute, they're also heroic and very, very tough. In summer, you can see them near the coasts of western Europe, especially Scotland, and in Scandinavia, Iceland and Greenland. In winter, when the wind blows strong and the waves are huge, they live far out in the north Atlantic.