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Tamara Griffiths

Mountain Writer

After completing a master’s degree in Sustainable Mountain Development at University of Highlands and Islands Scotland, Griffiths became a ‘mountain writer’ writing for The Huffington Post and smaller publications, reporting on mountain issues with a focus on mountain foods.

In Italy she lectures in Culture and History of Food in Italy and Post-productivism in Rural Environments, and works as translator for Monti Sibillini National Park. Her first non-fiction book, “Walking in the Sibillini, A Celebration of a Distinctive Mountain Culture” was published 2014, available in Italian and English. With a background as a scriptwriter, having had her plays produced professionally in London, Berlin, Los Angeles, and Toronto, as well as five commissioned film scripts, Griffiths is now concentrating on mountain writing within an environmental anthropological perspective.

The Art of Enjoying Life

In Hinduism, appreciation of life is viewed as an art one learns through maturity of thought and experience. In contrast, in western countries there is an assumption that enjoying life is something we...
01/03/2014 11:39 EST

Why You Should Stay Festive and Frugal This Holiday Season

Is it possible for the average person on a budget to have fun at Christmas and do a bit less damage to the planet? Going without gifts may seem a hardship but instead of buying presents we too can focus our festivities on people's interactions, on having fun together, or new experiences.
12/02/2013 05:31 EST

Trouble Digesting? Try the Pre-Industrial Diet

Almost all vegetables we buy today had a "wild" ancestor, and many plants were originally consumed for their medicinal values. Interestingly people with diverse food intolerances often find they digest these pre-industrial foods particularly well.
10/03/2013 12:10 EDT

The Science of Mountain Climbing

For many hikers the environment above the tree line offers the most poignant mountain experience. This is where the feel-good factor kicks in and multiplies. Mountains are intensely symbolic in almost all world religions and play a large role in western culture, but new research is revealing why climbing one makes us feel so good.
08/29/2013 12:30 EDT

Why Mountains Are the Key to the World's Water

As drinking water scarcity becomes an international issue, so too will mountains rise on government agendas. By providing fresh water, biodiversity conservation and hydropower to more than half of humanity, the UN considers that mountains are essential building blocks for long-term sustainable global development.
08/02/2013 12:38 EDT