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adventure, education, nature, sustainability

The Importance of Nature Play

Children are spending less time in nature than ever before, becoming more sedentary and not having opportunities to intimately interact with nature. Spending time in nature is important for everyone, especially children. It's also critical if we want to cultivate ecologically minded citizens who respect nature and understand the necessity for both protecting and enhancing it. 

environment, natural disasters, travel, water

Eight Months of Rain

The Asian monsoon season presents inconveniences, challenges and major disruptions. Our climate is changing. How might future events such as flooding affect you and your community?

education, Migration, Volunteering

Education Makes Our Vision Clearer

Aleisha Keating writes of the barriers to schooling and the value education gives in the lives of Myanmar migrants in Thailand.

environment, nature, pollution, sustainability

What Have We Learnt Since Silent Spring?

"In nature nothing exists alone" Wrote Rachel Carson in her widely acclaimed 1962 book, which has been attributed by many as sparking the modern environmental movement. Silent Spring chronicled declining bird and insect populations, correlating them with increasing synthetic pesticide use, particularly DDT. Historically used (with huge effect) to control malaria during World War 2, DDT became popular… Continue reading What Have We Learnt Since Silent Spring?

Craft, learning

A Wee Yarn About Learning

Knitting a bobble lace sock has been challenging, but I've up-skilled and a'm now more practiced and ready for the next one. Learning, adaptation and innovation are critical for solving global issues such as climate change, poverty and biodiversity loss. How can you challenge yourself to continue learning?

environment, nature, water

Water for Life

It's around 8pm as I unwind from a busy day which has included planning and teaching various lessons, dodging trucks and motorbikes through chaotic streets by bike and buying soil for my soon-to-be-flourishing balcony 'garden'. My belly is full of curry and rice and I'm contemplating devouring a square or two of chocolate. There are… Continue reading Water for Life

energy, Human rights, pollution, sustainability, waste

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… Continue reading Computer Buying Tips for the Ethically Minded