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What do these:

and these have in common?

Well that is what my students found out today!

It’s getting towards the end of semester. Exams are coming up, coursework’s been handed in and people are knackered! My students had an in -class exam today, followed by a lecture so I thought for the group-work bit of the class I’d do something a little more fun.

The tragedy of the commons is a key bit of theory my students need to know, but it can be a little bit dry and the original paper is one you really have to wade through. In summary what it  is basically talking about is situations where you have a resource (e.g. a lake full of fish) that people have access to. One researcher, Hardin proposed in 1968 that in such situations people will always use the resource for short term gains, NOT long term sustainability. By this I mean they will take as many fish as they can now, rather than leaving some in the lake to reproduce for next year. He proposed that users of these types of “open access resources” (i.e. resources anyone can access), tend not to establish rules about how to use the resource and as such it will end up being depleted – this is the tragedy of the commons.

In contrast another group of researchers, Ostrom et al, in 1999, proposed that in situations like this the resource is never truly open access and that in fact there will be rules and regulations about who can use the resource and how. It recognises that one person’s actions will impact on other people’s. So in the lake example – you might have  a village of fishermen and it may be that only the older men are permitted to fish, and only in certain months. These resources are in effect communally owned which is why the rules exist.

So in order to get my students thinking about this, and to have some fun, we did a little bit of group work. They were divided into groups of 4 or 5. Each group represents a village of fishermen. Each village has a lake within which are enough fish for 4 per person (or smarties in this case!). If they go fishing and catch only 1 fish their family will starve. If they catch 2 their family will have enough food to survive until next year. I however they take 3 or 4 fish they can sell the surplus for money.

In the first round no one is allowed to communicate, so each “fisherman or woman” is acting indepently. The fishing season opens and in year one they are allowed to take 0 – 4 fish – it’s up to them how many they choose.

At the end of the first year of fishing we see how many fish (smarties!) are left in the lake. The fish then reproduce – so if there were 4 left they each reproduce resulting in 8 (hence the big bag of smarties!). Then the second year of fishing begins and once again they can take as many fish as they want to (up to 4).

This continues year by year until there are no fish in the lake.

Now the first time around, remember no one is allowed to talk to each other, so they’re all acting for themselves. What they very quickly find out is that the fish run out! In today’s example  – one group only had 2 years fishing before the lake was left with no fish, the other groups only got 3 years. Meanwhile some fishermen had starved and others had grown fat on the profit of excess fish sales. This is an example of the tragedy of the commons – people tend to act more selfishly which results in not only depletion of the resource but also social inequalities.

So in the next round they are now allowed to communicate and decide as a community how they want to operate the fishing and what people will be allowed to take. So the fishing starts again – back at year 1, but this time it takes a bit longer as everyone discusses how many fish to take….

After year 1 the fish reproduce again and we move to year 2 etc. Interestingly this time around everyone takes only 2 fish. So no one starves, and no one benefits from extra money from selling fish. As a result they can continue to fish well into year 5, 6, 7, etc (until I run out of smarties!) because the lake is now sustainable. They are taking enough fish to feed themselves but not so much that the populations is depleted. And of course there are no social inequalities – everyone is getting the same.

So as a result all the villages keep on fishing, every year – well until the very last year.. when they know it’s the end and all dive in for the smarties!

So this demonstrates Ostrom et al’s idea of common property resources. Everyone has access to the resource but they all have a stake in wanting that resource to be maintained. They’ve all seen the consequences of acting selfishly (they all starved after 3 years), so rules come in to play – only 2 fish can be taken by each person.

Now this was a bit of fun for the students, a chance to have a bit of a less intense class (and have some chocolate) but it does very nicely demonstrate the principles of these theories. So what? Well let’s have a think about this and how it might impact on us – the most obvious example that springs to mind is the North Sea Fisheries. There we have a potential open access resource which, aside from close to national coastlines, is basically a big free for all. One country takes all it can of one species, whilst others try to get more for their own country etc and what do we end up with? Massively depleted fish stocks. Now of course in national waters there are quotas and rules introduced (just like in round 2 of the exercise) which help to control fish stocks and try to maintain them…

This can be applied to a whole variety of conservation scenarios (and economic ones) and is a really important thing to consider when trying to manage resources and local people. The assumption that people will act altruistically when given the chance is generally wrong – most people tend to go for looking after themselves and their family in the here and now.

Anyway – something to think about and the students certainly seemed to enjoy it!

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The Grand Raffle Draw took place Thursday morning at the Pavilion cafe. Tickets were drawn by the Pavilion’s manager Christine Hamilton in front of a packed crowd (well ok, not exactly packed but there were a few people there – thank you Niky, Anshu, Natacha and Preeya ;) ).

 

The winners are:

1. Ipod Shuffle – orange ticket 45 Emma Barry
2. Cricket bat signed by Cricketer Ian Bell – orange ticket John McElroy
3. Head, Back and Shoulder Massage from Tranquil Harmony – green ticket 133 Helen Jayne
4. 10 Handmade fairtrade chocolate lollies from cloud cocoland – orange ticket 188 Louise Hill
5. £25 National Garden voucher – green ticket 313 Sue Lund
6. £40 Waterstones Voucher – green ticket 103Karen Woolton
7. £10 Body Shop – green ticket 209 Debs Wallis
8. Bottle of Veuve Cliquot Champagne – green ticket 293 Stella Barham
9. 2 week free membership of the Pavilion Club – green ticket 72 Robyn Palmer
10. Bottle of Moet Champagne – orange ticket 190 Jo Sykes

Thank you so much to everyone who bought tickets, to the Pavilion for all their support and to Sara Smith from Tranquil Harmony and Trish Hawkins from Cloud Cocoland for the prize donations. Finally, congratulations to the winners. I will arrange with you about how best to get your prizes to you!

I’ll be updating this site with my final fundraising amount in the next few days once I’ve counted it all up :)

Thank you!
xxx

 

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Buy a raffle ticket and help me save the buton macaque!!

I’m still running the raffle to raise the final bit of funds I need for the project this summer. So if you haven’t already then please buy some raffle tickets and help me save the buton macaque :) The draw will be on 7th June so there’s still time to get some tickets!

You could win one of these amazing prizes!

  • Ipod Shuffle
  • Adidas Cricket Bat signed by England cricketer Ian Bell
  • Head, back and shoulder massage from Sara at Tranquil Harmony (www.tranquilharmony.co.uk)
  • 10 handmade, fairtrade chocolate lollies from cloud cocoland (http://www.cloud-cocoland-chocolate.co.uk/)
  • £25 National Garden voucher
  • £40 Waterstones voucher
  • £10 Bodyshop voucher
  • A bottle of Veuve Clicquot champagne
  • A bottle of Moet champagne
  • 2 week free membership of the Pavilion Club

What your support will achieve:

  • £5 – chilli seeds for 5 farmers to plant.
  • £10 – one local person to work for a day following the macaques in the forest.
  • £30 – buys netting for one farm. This protects the crops without harming monkeys and reduces conflict.
  • £100 – funds a half day workshop in the local school, educating children and their parents about the macaques and how to conserve them.

Raffle tickets are 2 for a £1. You can buy them directly from me or online here

If you buy them online I will email you your numbers or post you the tickets – whatever you like :)

Thanks :)
xx

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Buy a raffle ticket and help me save the buton macaque!!

So those who came to the bake sale already know about this but in case anyone else is interested… I’m running a raffle to raise the final bit of funds I need for the project this summer. So if you haven’t already then please buy some raffle tickets and help me save the buton macaque :)

You could win one of these amazing prizes!

  • Ipod Shuffle
  • Adidas Cricket Bat signed by England cricketer Ian Bell
  • Head, back and shoulder massage from Sara at Tranquil Harmony (www.tranquilharmony.co.uk)
  • 10 handmade, fairtrade chocolate lollies from cloud cocoland (http://www.cloud-cocoland-chocolate.co.uk/)
  • £25 National Garden voucher
  • £40 Waterstones voucher
  • £10 Bodyshop voucher
  • A bottle of Veuve Clicquot champagne
  • A bottle of Moet champagne
  • 2 week free membership of the Pavilion Club

What your support will achieve:

  • £5 – chilli seeds for 5 farmers to plant.
  • £10 – one local person to work for a day following the macaques in the forest.
  • £30 – buys netting for one farm. This protects the crops without harming monkeys and reduces conflict.
  • £100 – funds a half day workshop in the local school, educating children and their parents about the macaques and how to conserve them.

Raffle tickets are 2 for a £1. You can buy them directly from me or online here

If you buy them online I will email you your numbers or post you the tickets – whatever you like :)

The raffle will be drawn in a couple of weeks time at the Pavilion Club (watch this space for details).

Thanks :)
xx

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The bake sale I held on 26th April went really well – I sold about 95% of the cakes I had there. The total so far for the bake sale and raffle tickets I sold on the day is about £550!!  This is incredible and I just can’t believe it! I expected to maybe raise a few hundred but not this – just amazing, thank you! You guys clearly like cakes ! ;)

Thank you SO much to everyone who came down to support me and an extra big thank you to my mum, Ann Priston, my Nan, and my lovely friends Anshu Mehta, Niky Riley, Tina Little, Colette Pienaar, Zena Deane, Melanie Hammond (and her two wonderful daughters Jasmine and Layla), Anna Stringer, Tracy Hansford, Preeya and Hilary Keale for the amazing baked donations – I really couldn’t have done it without you all and I am so grateful! you guys can call in the favours from me for this for a LONG time! :)

Milo the giant monkey toy went down a storm with the kids and the cakes seemed to go down well with everyone :)

thanks mum :)

 

a little monkey, sat on a big monkey (Milo), eating a yummy monkey cake!

 

Tina's monkey biscuit

Tina's monkey cake

Jasmine's cake (aged 9)

Layla's cakes (aged 8)

coffee break!

trained monkey

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks again to everyone who came and bought cake and raffle tickets. The raffle tickets are still on sale (2 for a £1, from me or here)

and I’ll be drawing that in May.

You could win one of these amazing prizes!

•Ipod Shuffle
•Adidas Cricket Bat signed by England cricketer Ian Bell
•Head, back and shoulder massage from Sara at Tranquil Harmony (www.tranquilharmony.co.uk)
•10 handmade, fairtrade chocolate lollies from cloud cocoland (http://www.cloud-cocoland-chocolate.co.uk/)
•£25 National Garden voucher
•£40 Waterstones voucher
•£10 Bodyshop voucher
•A bottle of Veuve Clicquot champagne
•A bottle of Moet champagne
•2 week free membership of the Pavilion Club

Thanks to the Pavilion, Cloud Cocoland and Sara Smith for donations for the raffle :)

One final thank you again to the Richard and the Pavilion club for letting me do this bake sale and a particular thanks to Christine who helped get this arranged for me. Given that I was competing with their own cafe this was extremely kind of them so big thanks :)

THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU (and the monkeys thank you too :) )

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Well I did it! On Saturday I cycled from Hampton Court to Brighton, in my monkey suit!

This is a bit of a long post but  please bear with me. I wanted to firstly thank EVERYONE who has supported me – both in terms of sponsorship and moral support. I’d like to say a massive thank you to my mum, Dr Ann Priston for all her help and support leading up to the ride and for manning my support car on the day! I couldn’t have done it without her and I think the whole experience was probably worse for her than it was for me, so thank you! :) Secondly I would like to show everyone excerpts from the ride so you can all see that I did it, in the furry suit! I’ve been so touched by everyone’s kindness and generosity and I really can’t thank you all enough. A big thank you to the Pavilion Club too for allowing me to set off from their carpark and for all their support.

So far I’ve raised an amazing £855.80! I can’t believe it – thank you so much to everyone who has donated so far. If anyone was waiting for me to complete the cycle before sponsoring me then you can still sponsor me here :) I’m still a way off from my total goal of £1500 so any donations are always welcome.

Now for the gruesome details of the day!

Here’s a map of my route:

You can see the full route in detail (downloadable if anyone wants to repeat this journey!), with photos at various points on my mapmyride site here (zoom in and click on the little camera icon to see photos of the route)

And here’s a little graph of the gradients and all the hills I peddled up! No wonder my legs are sore ;)

I set off from the Pavilion carpark at about 11:30, loads of people came down to see me off which was such a fab way to start.

furred and suited and ready to go!

I peddled off out of the carpark and off towards Thames Ditton. I won’t lie – as I left the carpark in the overcast, damp weather I was begining to wonder what on earth I’d let myself in for!

After a slightly damp ride through Tolworth and Ewell (where I picked up a fellow cycler who cycled with me for a mile or so) I pushed my way up Banstead hill, past the station and made it to my first pit stop – a quick Jelly Tot refuel at mile 10!

Jelly tot stop number 1 at the 10 mile mark!

I only stopped for a few minutes and then pressed on. The next section of the ride was a mix of ups and downs, with a few big hills. I’d been in need of a loo break since about mile 4 so we’d agreed to try to stop somewhere. I peddled past quite a few pubs and a starbucks and was sure mum would have stopped the car at one of them but I checked every car park as I went past and didn’t see it. So I decided to cycle on – down a slightly hairy sliproad that nearly took me on to the M25 (thanks to a really stupid cycle path layout!) and then on, under the M25 down the A23 towards, and under, the M23. By mile 25 I still hadn’t seen the car so I stopped and gave them a ring. It turned out they were about 10 miles behind me after stopping in a pub to wait for me. It seems they slightly underestimated my speed!

Riding up Turner's Hill for the next protein bar stop at mile 25

We managed to meet up with each other again at mile 25 at the top of Turner’s Hill for another refuel with a protein bar, some jelly tots and a refill of the water bottle!

Setting off again from Turner's Hill

I then set off again through some lovely countryside – some ups, some downs (really the South Downs should be renamed the South Ups to be honest!), and some great wildlife. In fact I was so busy looking at the baby bunnies, sparrowhawks and deer as I whizzed past that I managed to miss one of my key turnings in the village of Ardingley and took a slight detour of a couple of miles through the delightful village of Lindfield! The wind and rain picked up at this point of the ride (as you’ll see from the vid below with my billowing monkey outfit!) but the scenery kept me going, as did the beeps from motorists (which I hope were beeps of support rather than annoyance ;)) and some really encouraging words from fellow cyclists and walkers on the route :)

By this point I was cold, damp and pretty tired. My hip flexors were sore and my knees were starting to ache. I was actually grateful for the monkey suit as it did at least keep me a bit warm, but everytime I stopped I got cold pretty quickly so I tried to keep any stops to a minimum. Onwards and upwards (or downwards!) through Wivelsfield…

After this there was time for one final stop for me to psyche myself up for the final big hill – Ditchling Beacon. Although I knew it was quite a climb I hadn’t fully prepared myself for it and when I first caught sight of it as I came down Beacon Road it loomed up ahead like a solid wall! More of a mountain than a hill ;)

The moment I caught sight of the hill....

I made it up though – I put my bike into the lowest gear and just kept peddling. I managed not to stop and aside from some slightly hairy close calls with passing cars I got to the top unscathed, though it was lucky no one could hear me on the way up – the air was a teeny bit blue as I huffed and puffed my way to the top!

At the top of Ditchling Beacon! :)

I spent about 5 mins catching my breath and taking in the view at the top and then decided to head off before I got too cold. Then it was plain sailing for the last 6 miles! Mostly downhill from here in to Brighton, so it was bike in to top gear and then I was a super speedy monkey all the way in to Brighton – top speed 31 mph – wheeeeeeeeeeeeeee! :) Some fantastic views of Brighton and the coast on the way down but I didn’t want to stop to take photos – was just too excited to be finishing!

Finished! Total time 4 hrs 49 mins including stops, 3hrs 49 mins of actual cycling time and 5hrs 18 if we include the bits where I had to wait for the support car! lol! Either way I’m super chuffed. I was expecting 5 – 6 hrs or more given the conditions, and as I’ve never cycled further than 10 miles in one go and only got the bike 2 weeks ago I think it’s pretty good! :)

The FINISH!

Final chance for some photos on the beach before I got out of the monkey suit and into some dry clothes!

Now to swim the channel....

THE END! :)

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Right well I’m just about sorted for my cycle from Hampton Court to Brighton tomorrow.

Route planned, protein bars packed, padded shorts and base layer sorted, furry monkey suit ironed….

I even have a little mascot for the ride:

Having now seen the route (thanks to the wonders of google street view) I am now a little scared!  It’s a long old way with a really really big old hill at the end! but if I keep peddling I’m sure I’ll be ok!

I am setting off from the Pavilion Club carpark in East Molesey at 11:15am tomorrow morning so if anyone wants to come and wave me off (and verify that I’m in the monkey suit!) then you’d be more than welcome.

I was hoping to use an iphone app to allow people to live track my progress but annoyingly the live tracking feature of the app is down at the moment! I will be tracking my progress though if the battery holds out so I can upload a route map afterwards :)

A massive thank you to everyone who has sponsored me so far – I’m so touched by everyone’s generosity – thank you :)

There’s still time to sponsor me if you want to at www.nancypriston.com/how-you-can-help/

Wish me luck!

:)

xx

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So there’s only a week to go before my London – Brighton Cycle to raise funds to help save the Buton Macaque…

Thank you so much to everyone who has already sponsored me. I’m pleased to say that I have raised over £250 now so I will definitely be doing the 60 mile cycle in my furry monkey suit! Eek! :)

There’s still time to sponsor me if you haven’t yet and to help me reach my total goal of £1500.

For more info on the project, how the money will be used and to sponsor me check here.

The forecast is for rain on 7th April so I will be one very soggy monkey! Not sure I’ll be able to ride with an umbrella…..

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Help me save the buton macaque!

I’m heading back out to Indonesia this summer and I’m starting to raise funds for project.

Check out my fundraising page to see how any funds raised will be used.

My first fundraising activity is a sponsored 60 mile or so cycle from London to Brighton!

Please help :)

If I raise more than £250 I promise to do the cycle in my furry monkey outfit! (eek!) :)

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