During my most recent sojourn to Myanmar, I thought about what it means to be an ethical traveller. As a person who strives to live a responsible life - both environmentally and socially, is it possible to continue this as a tourist? While on holiday, these aspirations don't disappear for me, but the challenges are sometimes different and the boundaries between 'right' and 'wrong' become blurred.
Ranong, surrounded by lush jungle, adjacent to the Andaman Sea on Thailand's west coast, is an intriguing place. A Thai border town, with Kawthaung in Myanmar a speedy half-hour boat ride away, it has one of the highest density of migrants in Thailand, with Burmese* numbering approximately equivalent to Thai. Living (or even simply visiting) here,… Continue reading Inequality: An Opportunity to Learn?
With eight months of rain a year, Ranong has fortuitous growing conditions. I decided to try and photograph some of these 'gardens' to demonstrate the ways people actively try to incorporate nature into urban living.
Does swimming at the beach, bird watching, camping on a mountain side or going for a bush walk affect our behaviour? Could there be a connection between climbing trees and the likelihood that someone would consider taking action to reduce their ecological footprint?
It was World Water Week last week, a week for discussing and acting on global water issues. With my hydrological background I feel compelled to write about something water related. Deciding the exact topic however, has been challenging, as I'm constantly bombarded with water themed stories: My Sydney-based family tell me about the ongoing drought with… Continue reading Talking About World Water Week
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.
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?