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education, Human rights, nature, sustainability, travel, Volunteering

The Guilt of Privilege

The student's caring bespectacled eyes beckoned me, "Teacher! Come and have some of my lunch. Please!" Dishes of vegetable, chicken and rice were quickly exhibited. "Oh thanks! But, I already have my lunch," I replied. Some two hours later, having changed out of my teacher's uniform, I was wandering through school carrying a small backpack. "Teacher! Where are you… Continue reading The Guilt of Privilege

food, nature, plastic, pollution, sustainability, travel, waste

The Quest for the Reusable Straw

I finally found it! A reusable metal straw sitting atop the ultimate refreshing tropical drink. My taste buds and sustainability brain rejoice! But that's not all. I've also found a place that uses biogas produced from food waste to cook the most glorious vegetarian food without the obligatory spoonfuls of sugar and msg found elsewhere; food… Continue reading The Quest for the Reusable Straw

food waste, plastic, sustainability, waste

Waste Free People

Unless someone like you cares a whole lot, nothing is going to get better, it's not. - The Lorax After writing this blog for several months, I recognise my often pessimistic view of the state of the world, how we treat others and our environment. There are however, some really inspirational actions people and organisations… Continue reading Waste Free People

nature, plastic, pollution, sustainability, waste

There’s a Fraction too Much Plastic

There’s a fraction too much plastic. Understatement of the year. Given plastic pollution’s current cult status, I’m getting on the bandwagon too. Through plastic’s convenience, especially in packaging and transporting food and other consumer items, it has charmed it’s way into becoming an integral part of daily life throughout the world. However, we often only… Continue reading There’s a Fraction too Much Plastic

climate change, food, health, marine environment, nature, sustainability

The Ethical Carnivore

I briefly met Louise Gray, author of The Ethical Carnivore a couple of years ago at a friend’s birthday dinner at her Bruntsfield flat in Edinburgh. It was a 'potluck' style affair, where everyone brings something to share. I remember tasting one of Louise's yummy venison sausages, while being told that she shot the deer,… Continue reading The Ethical Carnivore

Human rights, Migration, Myanmar, thailand, Volunteering

The Migrant’s Plight

Teaching Burmese migrants here in Thailand, I hear of their stories, their struggles and their aspirations: their predicament often dominates my thoughts. While working with a migrant population is a new experience for me, migration itself is woven into my heritage. Aotearoa/New Zealand, where I grew up, is a country founded on migration. My ancestors predominantly… Continue reading The Migrant’s Plight

adventure, travel

Merry Christmas

My last few days have featured playing a plethora of games, decorating the school with paper snowballs and snowmen, exchanging gifts with students and teachers, laughing almost to the point of crying, devouring hearty meals, watching countless dances to English Christmas carols, hearing 'Frosty the Snowman' blaring through the warm streets of Ranong and playing the… Continue reading Merry Christmas