Kia ora, hello and welcome to An Ethical Yarn, a blog which explores ideas for re-fashioning the fabric of society. In Australian and New Zealand slang, a yarn is an informal chat. While my British friends may view a yarn as a story which is untrue or embellished, here I’d like to unpick some ethical dilemmas in a frank and conversational way. Yarn is also a thread used for crafting – knitting, weaving, sewing, crochet, etc., linking to my love of craft and creating beautiful things. When knitting or weaving, many individual strands of yarn come together to form one piece of fabric, which is similar to society which consists of a multitude of different cultures, organisations, lifestyles, priorities, individuals and groups.
I’m Aleisha, a sustainability enthusiast, nature lover and adventurer. Having a background in environmental science and hydrology, a Master of Science in Education for Sustainability and having worked professionally in New Zealand, Australia and the United Kingdom, I’m using this blog as a platform for exploring ideas for refashioning the fabric of society, particularly interconnected social and environmental issues that we face today. I believe we have a moral responsibility to address sustainability issues. and am particularly concerned about the relationships between the well-being of people and the natural environment. I am passionate about exploring different ways to live happier, more fulfilled and less damaging lifestyles. I love being in the outdoors (usually on my bike or on foot), photographing my adventures and often writing bits and pieces along the way. You may also find me creating things with fabric or wool (knitting, sewing and crochet), doing yoga or cooking. Originally from New Zealand/Aotearoa, I am currently based in Ranong, Thailand, where I work at Marist Asia Foundation with Burmese migrants seeking better opportunities for their future. Check out my blog and publications.