Why Coronavirus is an Opportunity

A week ago I was feeling fairly blasé about coronavirus. We were laughing at the stupidity of people panic buying toilet paper and hand sanitiser. Since then, I’ve been realising the scale and seriousness of this pandemic. I’ve been devouring information from the World Health Organisation, discovering why we should approach the pandemic with a systems-thinking lens and curiously analysing interactive maps showing confirmed cases throughout the world. … More Why Coronavirus is an Opportunity

Creative, Optimistic and Refreshing – 2040: A Review

The year is 2040. Is the world polluted, devoid of biodiversity, wrought by natural disasters and inundated by sea water? Or is it a world where clean energy and transport resources are shared, giant seaweed farms absorb carbon dioxide and farming practices regenerate the soil? 2040 is a must-see because it offers hope and is fueled by the positivity, originality and limitless wisdom of young people. What’s your 2040? … More Creative, Optimistic and Refreshing – 2040: A Review

Climate Strikes: Their Impact

Last week, in the world of climate activism, an estimated 6 million people globally took to the streets (including a whopping 3.5% of New Zealand’s population marching); Greta Thurberg delivered her emotionally charged ‘How Dare You?’ speech to world leaders at the UN Climate Summit in New York; and 16 teenage activists filed a law suit against Argentina, Brazil, France, Germany and Turkey for contravening the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child by not sufficiently reducing their carbon emissions. … More Climate Strikes: Their Impact

One Day

One day I hope that children won’t have to work so their families can survive,
That they won’t have to work in factories or scavenge plastic bottles or find crabs to sell. … More One Day

Computer Buying Tips for the Ethically Minded

So you want to buy a new laptop or a smart phone, but you’ve read about numerous social and environmental impacts during their lifecycles. You’ve learnt about polluting production processes – the leaching of toxic chemicals and the heavy reliance on fossil fuels. You are aware that making electronics requires the mining of minerals which … More Computer Buying Tips for the Ethically Minded

Sustainability: an Exquisite Fabric

Sustainability is a concept I often mention to people I meet, often producing blank faces or a response like “What’s that?… Like environmental stuff?… So, are you a greenie/tree-hugger/environmental loon/hippie…?”

It appears to me that sustainability is not a term that is well understood in the general public or one that people can easily relate to. People often associate ‘the environment’ with it. … More Sustainability: an Exquisite Fabric